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Royal Albert Hall and Songlines present an evening of Arabic music

Posted on December 4th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams El-Din to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in February

Born in Alexandria in 1975, Tarek Abdallah has established himself as one of the forerunners of the current crop of young, vastly talented oud players. Originally self-taught, Abdallah honed his exceptional skill with a number of great masters including Hazem Shaheen and Abdo Dagher. Recording and performing alongside the percussive talents of riqq (tambourine) musician Adel Shams El-Din, the duo have established a fluid, natural relationship exemplified masterfully on Wasla – one of our Best Albums of 2015.

On February 15, the Royal Albert Hall’s intimate Elgar Room will stage a very special performance from Abdallah and El-Din, presented in association with Songlines. There will also be music from Syrian-London-based qanun player Maya Youssef, who returns to the Royal Albert Hall following her performance at the BBC Proms in 2014.

Abdallah and El-Din will also play at the Ahbab Festival in Cambridge on February 12.

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Songlines Best Albums of 2015

Posted on November 13th, 2015 in Recent posts by .


Songlines’ editors Jo Frost and Simon Broughton select their favourite albums from 2015

With five picks each, Jo Frost and Simon Broughton have chosen their favourite albums that have been reviewed within Songlines magazine in the last 12 months. You can read more about these ten albums in the next issue (Jan/Feb 2016, #114), out on December 11. This year’s selections (in alphabetical order):

Tarek Abdallah & Adel Shams
El-Din – Wasla
(Buda Musique, reviewed in #107)


Lila Downs – Balas y Chocolate
(Sony Music, reviewed in #112)


Tigran Hamasyan & the Yerevan State Chamber Choir – Luys i Luso
(ECM, reviewed in #113)


Seckou Keita – 22 Strings
(ARC Music, reviewed in #109)


Sam Lee & Friends – The Fade in Time
(Nest Collective Records, reviewed in #107)


Mariza – Mundo
(Warner Music Portugal, reviewed in #113)


Titi Robin with Mehdi Nassouli – Taziri
(World Village, reviewed in #109)


Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal – Musique de Nuit
(No Format!, reviewed in #111)


Mahsa Vahdat – Traces of an Old Vineyard
(Kirkelig Kulturverksted, reviewed in #107)


Various Artists – Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali
(Transgressive Records, reviewed in #107)


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