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Top of the World albums: Songlines #126 (April 2017)

Posted on March 1st, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the April issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #126.

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Out Here Records
Luyando is a triumphant return from Zimbabwe’s favourite young band, full of slick vocal harmonies and catchy rhythms. The songs reflect the traditions and their roots in Tonga life.
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Inna de Yard
The Soul of Jamaica
Chapter Two Records
Stripped down, roots reggae, featuring booming hand drums, muted trumpets, mellow guitar and soulful vocals.
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Bargou 08
A no-nonsense electro-acoustic album recorded in a remote region of north-west Tunisia, known as the Bargou valley.
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Maria Pomianowska
The Voice of Suka
For Tune
A beautiful and inventive album of Polish suka (fiddle) playing by a renowned collaborator. This lyrical composition is underpinned by vari-pitched drumming and wordless vocals.



Rhiannon Giddens
Freedom Highway
Nonesuch Records
This album strives to join the dots between slave narratives, the Civil Rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter movement.
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La Mambanegra
El Callegüeso y Su Mala Maña
Movimientos Records 
Some of the most raw, passionate and visceral salsa being made anywhere in the world, featuring a tight and funky brass section, and led by vocalist and veritable engine-room Jacobo Vélez.



Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal
Bafe’s Factory
The debut from four highly versatile Finnish vocalists. Through beatboxing, singing, sighing and other vocal effects, they have created an album comprised entirely of vocal sounds.
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Omar Puente
Best Foot Forward
OP Records
A varied and compelling album. Puente’s electric violin is enhanced by his multi-national sextet, creating a jazzy fusion imbued with a range of cultural influences.
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Debashish Bhattacharya
Hawaii to Calcutta: A Tribute to Tau Moe
Riverboat Records
An endearing album mixing classics popularised by Tau Moe with Bhattacharya’s own compositions.
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Warsaw Village Band
Sun Celebration
Jaro Medien
Global trance music with lyrical inspiration drawn from Poland’s oldest folkloric song material. The group’s signature massed vocals form the base of this texturely packed record.
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Pick up the April issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit:

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Introducing Songlines issue #126 (April 2017)

Posted on March 1st, 2017 in News, Recent posts by .


The April 2017 (#126) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover stars this issue are the young Zimbabwean band Mokoomba who are making a long-awaited comeback after their 2013 award-winning album.

musical-dynamiteIn this issue we also interview Warsaw Village Band about their collaborative approach to Polish folk music; Bollywood Brass Band and Jyotsna Srikanth talk about their latest project, Carnatic Connection; there’s a report from the Cappadox Festival in Turkey; a preview of a forthcoming photographic exhibition coming to London’s Royal Albert Hall; a Beginner’s Guide to the veteran Senegalese band, Orchestra Baobab; plus the latest CD, DVD, book and world cinema reviews. 


The Top of the World CD includes Mokoomba, Rhiannon Giddens, Omar Puente, Inna de Yard, as well as a guest playlist from the best-selling author and historian Peter Frankopan, featuring Lata Mangeshkar, the Russian Army Ensemble and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.



Your free download! Plan your next musical adventure with our free International World Music Festival Guide 2017-18.

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Top of the World Review: Warsaw Village Band – Nord

Posted on August 14th, 2012 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Simon Broughton

A touch of Swedish frost dusts those noisy Poles

The Warsaw Village Band are one of the most interesting folk groups in Europe: they have always stayed true to their idea of drawing on the tradition but in a distinctly non-traditional way. Their first really impressive album was Uprooting (2004), which won them a BBC Award for World Music. This new album, their fifth, is a tour de force. The opening track is a brilliant collaboration with Swedish band Hedningarna, which means nyckelharpas, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy and noisy percussion are added to the fiddles and cimbalom of the Warsaw Village Band. It’s wild, infectious stuff. A shame the English titles sound so naff.

‘Grajo Gracyki’ (Musicians Are A-Playin), which follows, also features Hedningarna, but is dominated by the glorious female vocals of the WVB, courtesy of Magdalena Sobczak, Sylwia Swiatkowska and Ewa Walecka. The other guest on the album is Native American singer Sandy Scofield, who lends vocals and shaman’s drum to ‘Bendzie Wojna’ (War is Coming), with chanted vocals, an athletic bass line and scary fiddle playing. Some of the quieter moments, like the intro to ‘Hola Byski Hola’ (Whoa, Bullocks, Whoa), which features soft cimbalom and ethereal string harmonics, create a whole new sound world for traditional music, before setting off into a typical WVB gallop with scraping fiddles and punchy percussion. Over the years, WVB have been through several personnel changes, but this line-up is as strong as they’ve ever been. 

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Chris Blackwell’s playlist and the 10 best new releases in the Aug/Sept issue of Songlines (#86)

Posted on July 19th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

The August/September 2012 issue of Songlines – on sale July 20 – features a free covermount CD packed full of the best new sounds from around the world, plus 5 tracks selected by the Island Reocrds founder Chris Blackwell. It also includes a second free CD, Louisiana Legends – A Gumbo of Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, Funky Brass & More.

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Polish folk collective Warsaw Village Band; courageous Iranian singing duo Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat; Brazil’s new rap sensation Criolo; Quantic’s latest Colombian adventure, Ondatrópica; UK Romany folk song collector Sam Lee; and the debut from emerging Ethio-pop star Samuel Yirga, among others.

Pick up your copy here on the website, at selected WHSmith’s and at all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* Mokoomba ‘Njoka’ on IglooMondo
* Criolo ‘Bogotá’ on Sterns
* Ondatrópica ‘Suena’ on Soundway
* Lokkhi Terra ‘Shokhi Kunjo Shajao’ on Funkiwala
* Samuel Yirga ‘The Blues of Wollo’ on Real World
* Sam Lee ‘Goodbye my Darling’ on The Nest Collective
* Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat ‘Garden of Visions’ on Kirkelig Kulturverksted
* Bard ‘Late Afternoon’ on Woodburner
* Warsaw Village Band ‘Hola Byski Hola’ on Jaro
* The Very Best ‘Yoshua Alikuti’ on Moshi Moshi Records

Plus Chris Blackwell’s playlist:

* Oumou Sangaré ‘Yala’ on World Circuit
* Baaba Maal ‘Tindo Quando’ on Palm Pictures
* Angélique Kidjo ‘Agolo’ on Island/Mango
* Salif Keita ‘Mandjou’ on Island/Mango
* Ali Farka Touré ‘Timbarma’ on World Circuit

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