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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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Album Review | Top of the World | Titi Robin & Mehdi Nassouli – Taziri

Posted on June 18th, 2015 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Titi Robin

Words by Tim Cumming

479108Serial collaborator takes his bouzouki to the Gnawa

French guitarist and bouzouki player Robin’s musical journeys around the Mediterranean are part of his signature style. His latest collaboration is as beguiling, lyrical and gentle on the ear as ever. On Taziri, his travelling companion is Mehdi Nassouli from southern Morocco, who draws on the music of his Berber and Gnawa heritage. His soft, lyrical voice, gimbri and bendir float through these nine tracks, suffused by faint scents from a Gnawa lila ceremony. Robin’s distinctive filigree work opens ‘La Femme Ideal’, before Nassouli’s gimbri introduces a binding Gnawa bass motif. The unusual acoustic fusion of ‘De Mashaq a Maghreb’ has the band – which includes Robin’s longtime percussionist Zé Luis Nascimento, accordionist Francis Varis, and Foulane Bouhssine on ribab (lute) – falling into a syncopated rhythm behind Nassouli’s gently keening voice.

The Berber women’s voices on the closing ‘L’Ounassa’ build to a rollicking singalong with palmas (hand-clapping), accordion and Nassouli’s vocals. This music may not change the world, but it surely makes living in it a richer experience.

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