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Live Review | Globaltica, Poland July 20-23

Posted on July 26th, 2016 in Live, Recent posts by .

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Six great things about Globaltica, World Cultures Festival, in Gdynia, Poland

1. The main site is just five minutes walk from a pristine beach on the Baltic Sea.

2. A weekend ticket costs around €10

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3. Over four days, in a relaxed and intimate setting you can get a taste of music from all over the world. This year the line-up included Balkan brass masters Fanfare Ciocarlia from Romania; Damily from Madagascar, playing infectious tsapiky dance music; the cheeky Monsieur Doumani trio from Cyprus; kora and talking drum maestro Diabel Cissokho (pictured right) from Senegal and the remarkable Rancho Aparte, with squealing clarinets, euphonium and powerful percussion from Colombia. Not forgetting Songlines’ favourites, the father, son and daughter trio from Poland, Kapela Maliszow. Traditional music that is vibrant and evolving, which is what Globaltica is about.

4. The celery and ginger drink from the Beetle Juice van (Sok z Zuka) is just divine.

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5. Turkish musician Tahir Palali (pictured right with singer Cigdem Aslan) describes Globaltica as a mini-WOMAD but nicer, because it’s more chilled out. It was a rare opportunity to see him and singer Cigdem Aslan sing spiritual songs from the Alevi tradition. “We Alevis don’t go to the mosque,’’ she says, “but we gather in places like this.’’  We’re in barn-like old stables, and the performance is intimate and intense. Palali’s plucked tembur, with just three strings, is delicate but profound. There’s a simplicity and intensity that takes you to a higher place. “The consciousness that created the universe is within you,’’ he says and his tembur with Aslan’s melismatic voice seems to bring that consciousness closer.

6. Gdynia is Europe’s best location for modernist architecture. The port city was built in little more than a decade from 1926 until World War II as Poland’s ‘window to the world’. In 1928 it handled just one per cent of Poland’s trade, but by 1937 it controlled 49%. The architecture of the city is still dominated by the clean, white, unornamented style of the pre-war period. Easy access from the UK with direct flights from London to Gdansk, just 45 minutes away.

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Globaltica was held on July 20-23 2016. For more information, visit www.globaltica.pl

 

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Now listen to this… Baloji, Shantel and Bembeya Jazz National

Posted on November 6th, 2015 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines HQ we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world. Check out our playlist of the latest tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Tahir Palalı – ‘Hakk Mimarım’ (The Incarnation)
This track comes from the debut album by the Turkish musician – a nicely imagined Alevi song. Palalı’s debut O is reviewed in issue #113 (December 2015).

 

Baloji ft Mipipo – ‘Unité & Litre’
A couple of newly released videos from the Congolese rapper mark his long-awaited return after 2011’s Kinshasa Succursale. Hopefully this means there is a new album on the way!

 

Bembeya Jazz National‘Armée Guinéenne’
Bembeya Jazz were one of the great pioneering big bands of Francophone West African music alongside Rail Band and Orchestra Baobab. Released under the state-sponsored Editions Syliphone Conakry record label, there is a wealth of back catalogue material to explore from Bembeya and other Guinean groups of the time.

 

Shantel – ‘Disko Devil’
Shantel’s Viva Diaspora is a Top of the World review in the latest issue (December 2015, #113). ‘Disko Devil’ is another impressive track from the album, adding a twist on the reggae song ‘Chase the Devil’ by Max Romeo.

 

Fela Kuti – ‘Unknown Soldier’
‘Unknown Soldier’ was very close to being on the Fela Kuti blog we posted last month. Released alongside ‘Coffin for Head of State’, it is yet another thought-provoking piece of music by the legendary icon.

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