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Now listen to this… Melingo, Calypso Rose and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

Posted on July 15th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Calypso Rose

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally back, our listening playlist returns as normal with a selection of five videos from artists that have been on the Songlines radar.

Melingo – ‘En un Bosque de la China’
This new track is the first to be unveiled from rebel alt-tango singer Melingo’s new album ANDA, due for release in September. It’s fairly light and mellow vibe is paired with a faux-horror visual to accompany it.


Calypso Rose – ‘Calypso Queen’
The queen of calypso teamed up with Manu Chao for her latest album that covers a range of social issues – such as being a woman in a man’s business on this track – with her effortless, summery Caribbean flair.


Foster Manganyi – ‘Ndzi Teke Riendzo’
If you feel you’ve heard this recently, then you probably recognise the drum and bass line from Jessy Lanza’s hit from earlier this year. I’ve always had a soft spot for Shangaan Electro when the summer comes around again, and this record from 2010 (Honest Jon’s Records) ticks all the boxes.

Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno feat U-Roy & Alice Russell – ‘A Life Worth Living’

Record producer and musician Quantic (with a little help from some special guests) put on a stellar performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. This track is the second on his new Flowering Inferno project which is reviewed in the new issue (#120).


The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Noura Mint Seymali – Richa
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians were also another exceptional act to play at Glastonbury alongside composer and Damon Albarn. They put on a show at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall the following day, with this stunning performance with Noura Mint Seymali being one of the night’s highlights.

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Next issue preview: August/September (#120)

Posted on July 1st, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


Cabo Verde’s First Lady: Cape Verdean singer Lura talks to Songlines prior to her WOMAD performance about her heritage, and how she’s now a responsible rebel 

Other features include artist Mark Mulholland who chats about his new project and album The Afro-Haitian Experiment; we speak to singer and multi-instrumentalist Mercedes Peón about her role in the revitalisation of Galician traditional music; Manchester based-band Edward II discuss the inspiration behind their latest project; plus the latest CD, book and world cinema reviews to get stuck into.

The issue’s Top of the World covermount CD includes brand new tracks from Trinidadian calypso queen Calypso Rose, musician and record producer Quantic and Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano, plus an exclusive playlist from English playwright and screenwriter Lee Hall, who talks about his love of music.

The issue is on sale in the UK from July 15. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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Live Preview | Our Latin Thing at the Barbican, July 16

Posted on June 30th, 2016 in Live, Recent posts by .

Roberto Pla

A night dedicated to the Fania All-Stars ensemble will be held at London’s Barbican Centre

Colombian percussionist Roberto Pla (pictured above) will conduct a 20-piece orchestra to perform the music of the Fania All-Stars, the influential Latin American supergroup created amidst the booming salsa scene of the late 60s, spearheaded by New York-based record label Fania Records.

Co-founded by composer Johnny Pacheco and lawyer Jerry Masucci in 1968, the Fania All-Stars performed with a regular turnover of the biggest names of salsa from Grammy Award-winning artist Ray Barretto and Cuban singer Celia Cruz to bassist Bobby Valentín and Pacheco himself. 

Inspired by Our Latin Thing, the 70s film that documented the flourishing New York salsa scene and the group’s seminal live performance at the Cheetah Lounge, Pla’s orchestra will guide the audience through the musical highlights of the collective’s career, performing a majority of their hits that became the soundtrack to an extraordinary movement in music.

Other artists confirmed for the show include DJ and conguero Snowboy, Colombian vibraphone player and bandleader Dorance Lorza, Cuban-born violinist Omar Puente and acclaimed British pianist Alex Wilson.

Tickets are available now.

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Win tickets to The Nile Project at the Barbican on June 19

Posted on June 6th, 2016 in Live, Recent posts by .

The Nile Project

Win a pair of tickets to see The Nile Project at London’s Barbican

The Nile Project, a collective of musicians from North and East Africa, aims to spread cultural and environmental awareness between the countries along the Nile river, bringing to light the diverse cultures that have thrived along the river for centuries through a musical celebration.

Featuring musicians from Egypt, Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya, the project highlights cultures affected by the impact of climate change and modern life on the river and is a prime example of overcoming division through artistic collaboration.

We have a pair of tickets to the exclusive event to give away. Simply click here for your chance to win.

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