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Royal Albert Hall and Songlines present Debashish Bhattacharya

Posted on June 1st, 2016 in Live, Recent posts by .

Debashish Bhattacharya Royal Albert Hall

Debashish Bhattacharya to perform at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on October 2

Pioneering Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya’s interest in music began from a very early age, picking up his first guitar at the age of three and performing for the first time on Indian radio just a year later. In the present day he is known as one of the country’s greatest musicians.

His innovative compositions and distinctive guitar style have earned him global recognition, with his 2009 album Calcutta Chronicles gaining a Grammy Award nomination. He has also just won the Asia & South Pacific category in this year’s Songlines Music Awards.

On October 2, the Royal Albert Hall’s intimate Elgar Room will stage a very special performance from Debashish, presented in association with Songlines.

Click here to book your tickets.

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Now listen to this… Porter, Moddi and Vula Viel

Posted on June 1st, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Our listening playlist returns with five great tracks, old and new, from artists who have recently been on the Songlines radar.

Porter – ‘Huitzil’
Words from editor-in-chief Simon Broughton: “I was just at the EXIB Música in Evora, Portugal where I was shown an extraordinary video of the Mexican band Porter. The song is called ‘Huitzil’ which sounds like it might be Aztec or something, but my Mexican colleague didn’t know anything about the extraordinary costumes or imagery.”


Moddi – ‘Punk Prayer’
From the forthcoming album Unsongs by the Norwegian singer-songwriter Moddi, this is a version of Pussy Riot’s ‘Punk Prayer’ song. Moddi’s album is a collection of songs he’s gathered from around the world from artists who have been censored, exiled, imprisoned and even murdered. Unsongs is released in September and Moddi will be performing at the Oslo World Music Festival in November.


Abraham Brody – ‘Teka Saulė’
Abraham Brody is a young and talented violinist who creates innovative organic compositions based on the music of his Lithuanian ancestors. He is to record his debut album later this year.

Vula Viel – ‘Yes Yaa Yaa’

Taken from the quintet’s debut album, this track highlights everything great about Vula Viel (Good is Good). Led by classically-trained percussionist Bex Burch, the group’s blend of electronica and Ghanaian Dagaare xylophone grooves have impressed audiences around the country. 


Os Apolos – ‘Ilyne’
‘Ilyne’ by Os Apolos is one of the fascinating tracks taken from Analog Africa’s new compilation Space Echo – The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed. The new collection is another to add to the record label’s enthusiastic exploration of the music of South America and Africa.

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Next issue preview: July (#119)

Posted on May 27th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


A Life of Flowers; Romanian Gypsy group Fanfare Ciocărlia chat to Songlines as they celebrate 20 years in the music business

Other features include Brazilian band Bixiga 70 who discuss their signature big brass sound; Afro Celt Sound System speak to the magazine about their much-lauded return; we talk to Damon Albarn and Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music leader Issam Rafea about their series of upcoming collaborative concerts; 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 American multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla, North Estonian fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut and South African guitarist Derek Gripper, plus an exclusive playlist from British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, who talks about her journey to rediscover happiness and the music she found along the way.

The issue is on sale in the UK from June 10. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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Songhoy Blues and Sam Lee & Friends to perform at Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert

Posted on May 25th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


Songhoy Blues and Sam Lee & Friends have been added to the Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert line-up

The 2016 Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert will be held at the Barbican on October 3, and celebrates the variety of musical talents highlighted in Songlines magazine.

Malian desert blues band Songhoy Blues and folk singer-songwriter and co, Sam Lee & Friends, join fado singer Mariza and Indian classical guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya on the evening’s bill. 

Songhoy-Blues-©Andy-Morgan-FreeSonghoy Blues’ impressive and adventurous debut, Music in Exile, was released last year on Transgressive Records. The music showcased the band’s raw and rocking sound, and highlighted them as one of Mali’s most exciting musical exports of recent times. They won the Newcomer category in this year’s Songlines Music Awards.


Folk troubadour Sam Lee has rambled far and wide across the nation, learning the songs of Travellers and Gypsies, absorbing plenty of stories along the way. He brought these stories to light on The Fade in Time, and with his band provided a bold musical backdrop to tell them against. He won the Europe category in this year’s Songlines Music Awards.

Votes for the awards came in from readers, contributors and the general public. View the full list of winners here.

Tickets are available on the Barbican’s official website.

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