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London Remixed Festival 2016 preview

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


47Soul © Paul-Evans

The live music culture clash returns this weekend with a raucous concoction of sounds from around the world

London Remixed Festival returns this weekend where 47Soul, KOG & The Zongo Brigade, Symphonica feat Mr Switch and Honeyfeet will be headlining four stages at Rich Mix in the heart of Shoreditch.

The festival opens on Friday evening with a unique collaboration from 20-piece orchestra Symphonica & DMC World DJ Champion, Mr Switch.

On Saturday night there will be four stages across the venue curated for the most adventurous of musical palates. The Tropicarnival – hosted by Movimentos, Wormfood and Vibes & Pressure – are bringing the beats with Glastonbury Emerging Talent finalists KOG & The Zongo Brigade, London duo Native Sun and a DJ set from Nubiyan Twist.

Jordanian Shamstep and chobi group 47Soul headline the riotous Polka Club, backed up by New Orleans-style eight-piece brass band Temple Funk Collective, with the Folk Ghetto headed up by folk-pop cowpunk exponents Honeyfeet.

Early bird tickets have all sold out, but single-day tickets and two-day passes are still available via Skiddle from £12. Scroll down for the full line-up.

Full lineup:

Friday, February 5  (7pm-1am / 1 Stage)

Vintage Remix (Curated by Continental Drifts)
Symphonica feat Mr Switch
DJ Chris Tofu

Saturday, February 6 (7pm-4am / 4 Stages)

Tropicarnival (Curated by Wormfood + Movimientos + Vibes & Pressure)
Nubiyan Twist (DJ set)
KOG & The Zongo Brigade
Special Guest
Native Sun
Baldo Verdu & Tonto Malembe
DJ Cal Jader

Polka Club (Curated by Continental Drifts + Arts Canteen)
Temple Funk Collective
Gypsy Butter
Djanan Turan
Dat Brass
DJ Chris Tofu
DJ Russ Jones

Folk Ghetto (Curated by Two For Joy + Woodburner)
Cut a Shine
Theo Bard
Forest of Fools
DJ Joey Fingers

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Introducing… 47Soul

Posted on August 23rd, 2015 in Features, Recent posts by .


Mixing up Middle Eastern sounds with an urban flare, Kary Stewart reports on the UK and Jordan-based band. (This article originally appeared in Songlines #111).

Where in Brazil they have carnivals, we have street weddings which take up a whole week,” explains band member El Far3i as he describes the origins of the 47Soul sound. “It’s like a family rave.” He goes on to describe the urban celebrations of Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, where people gather around traditional instruments, huddling closely and dancing dabke, dipping and bobbing in unison to the half-time beat. It’s in this raw rhythmic clatter of traditional get-togethers that 47Soul find their roots, their music utilising the hubbub to fill the spaces in between yawning dubstep beats.

47Soul’s meeting reads like an online love story with each coming to the others’ music via YouTube videos that friends recommended to them. From there it was an instantaneous connection that they all agree was like finding a missing piece of a collective musical jigsaw. “When I first saw Tareq [aka El Far3i] singing his song on YouTube I fell in love with him as a brother and as an artist,” says Walaa Sbait. “It’s really cheesy but it was a two way thing,” adds El Far3i. “And when I saw Z the People I said to my friends, what I am trying to tell you about American music is this guy.”

Sbait is Palestinian and was a member of a reggae sound system and also a dancer from the age of three. El Far3i and El Jehaz are both from Jordan and each had their own successful rock based acts. Z the People is the only one brought up in the West and was influenced by R&B and the “stuff that American kids listen to.” They all rap, sing and produce to varying degrees.

“We as young men desire to live life as it is without being concerned about the politics, but the politics always comes back”

They finally met in person in 2013 in Jordan, tearing the house down with their first gig after only three rehearsals. From there they sidestepped most of the border limitations imposed by the baffling bureaucracy of documents they hold between them and ended up in the UK. Whether or not they label themselves as political, it is something that will always run in the lifeblood of their music as it runs in their own.

Playing Arabic scales on electronic keyboards the band combine electro-mijwez (single-reed pipe) and chobi and call it ‘shamstep’ in reference to the region in the Middle East that they all originate from known as Bilad al-Sham.

Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call for freedom and equality. They sing about injustice and about disenfranchised peoples.

“We as young men desire to live life as it is without being concerned about the politics, but the politics always comes back,” admits Waala. As they continue to explain their story they exude the awed excitement of a load of friends who have landed in their dream and are not about to take a single moment for granted.

“To be able to sit with these guys here and freestyle any time, compose with them, that’s the nucleus of the dream and everything else comes from that,” says Z the People to emphatic nods from the rest of the others.

Already making waves around the UK, the band have recently released their debut EP Shamstep and this summer play at festivals including WOMAD and the Shubbak Festival in London.

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WOMAD 2015: Our 10 Recommendations

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 in Features, Live, Recent posts by .



Criolo, photographed by Caroline Bittencourt

As the Songlines team get ready for the upcoming weekend, they share some of their recommendations

With mere hours between us and WOMAD festival, all of us at Songlines HQ cannot wait to get onsite for this celebration of world music. In anticipation, editor Jo Frost, deputy editor Alexandra Petropoulos, news editor Edward Craggs, contributor Alex de Lacey and intern Elicia Casey-Winter have selected the ten bands we’re most looking forward to this weekend.

And don’t forget that we have an unprecedented number of CD signings at the Songlines stands this weekend, so don’t miss your chance to say hello to some of your favourite artists – and Songlines team members! Find out more about Songlines at WOMAD.

Molotov Jukebox 
– Friday, Open Air Stage, 1pm
This band’s own brand of ‘tropical urban Gypsy’ music is sure to bring out the sunshine this weekend… even if only metaphorically. ECW

Kapela Maliszow
– Friday, BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, 2pm
This family trio – made up of father Jan Malisz, son Kacper and daughter Zuzanna – breathe a delightful new life into Polish traditional music, and all on homemade instruments! AP

– Friday, Big Red Tent, 3pm
These guys mix up Middle Eastern sounds with an urban flare while their lyrics call for freedom and equality; it’s danceable music with a conscience. AP

Totó la Momposina 
 Friday, Open Air Stage, 3pm
The doyenne of Afro-Colombian song makes a long-awaited return to the UK. JF

Tal National
 – Friday, Open Air Stage, 5pm
Looking forward to checking out this band and their alternative, Nigerien take on the desert blues sound. JF

– Friday, BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, 10:30pm
Lots of buzz about this French-Cuban sister duo and their hypnotic Cuban electronic mix, so keen to experience them live.  JF

 – Saturday, Open Air Stage, 3pm
Having rapidly become one of the most important musicians in Brazil, the São Paolo rapper’s hard-hitting lyrics and stage prowess are not to be missed. EC

Hannah Peel 
– Saturday, Bowers & Wilkins Sound System, 6pm
I first heard Hannah Peel sing at Green Man Festival in 2011 accompanied solely by her music box. Since then she’s released a solo album, two EPs, and collaborated on The Magnetic North’s project that celebrated the music of Orkney. ADL

The Very Best 
– Saturday, Big Red Tent, 7pm
I can’t think of a better way to kick-start Saturday evening than with the euphoric groove of this duo of Johan Hugo and Malawian Esau Mwamwaya. EC

Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor
 – Saturday, Open Air Stage, 9:30pm
This celebration of the elusive Nigerian funk maestro follows the rediscovery of his work on Who is William Onyeabor? released by David Byrne’s imprint Luaka Bop in 2013. Already confirmed to perform are legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd and American-Sudanese artist Sinkane, with a whole host of guests still to be announced! ADL

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