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Now listen to this… Aziza Brahim, Anda Union and Joan Soriano

Posted on February 26th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines Towers we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world.
Check out our playlist of tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Aziza Brahim – ‘Lagi’
Aziza Brahim performs a stunning live take of the track from her album Soutak. Brahim is to appear on the cover of next issue (April 2016, #116).


Anda Union – ‘Hometown’
It’s been five years since the Mongolian band were a hit at WOMAD, but now they’re back and recently finished a tour of the UK, performing material from their forthcoming album, Jangar. This is a beautifully haunting song, full of horse-head fiddles (morin huur) and throat-singing (khöömei) that transports you to the grasslands of their Inner Mongolian home.


Joan Soriano – ‘Simplemente Amigos’
Bachata singer and guitarist Joan Soriano released his new album Me Decidí last year, his first solo effort in five years. ‘Simplemente Amigos’ is a delightful number from the album, and a reminder of why the musician’s music has been missed.


Yvonne Chaka Chaka – ‘Sangoma’
Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been one of the leading figureheads of the South African dance-pop scene for more than three decades. This groovy joint is a sped up version of the 1987 hit, discovered via Awesome Tapes from Africa.


Molotov Jukebox – ‘Neon Lights’
The exciting tropical fusion group Molotov Jukebox will release their second album, Tropical Gypsy, in April. ‘Neon Lights’, taken from their debut Carnival Flower, is an ode to the city of London.

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First acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2016

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


George Clinton, Baaba Maal, Ibrahim Maalouf and Aziza Brahim are among the first acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 28-31

The first wave of acts have been announced for this year’s WOMAD at Charlton Park. Recognised as one of the greatest world music events, the festival returns to its regular setting in celebration of its tenth anniversary at the Wiltshire site.

P-Funk pioneer George Clinton and his legendary band Parliament Funkadelic will take to the stage, Senegalese musician Baaba Maal returns to the line-up following on from the release of his album The Traveller and acclaimed French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf will deliver his enchanting, expressive performances for the occasion.

Aziza Brahim, a musical spokeswoman for the people of the Western Sahara, also makes an appearance. Her new album, Abbar el Hamada, is released on March 4 on Glitterbeat Records. Read more about her in our next issue (#116, on sale March 4). 

Other confirmed acts include: 
Afriquoi (UK)
Baloji (DRC)
Blick Bassy (Cameroon)
Dom La Nena (Brazil/France)
The East Pointers (Canada)
Ethno Trio Troitsa (Belarus)
The Grit Orchestra (UK)
Hot 8 Brass Band (US)
Lula Pena (Portugal)
Moh! Kouyaté (Guinea)
Muzykanci (Poland)
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana)
Sidestepper (Colombia)
Tetish (Israel)
This is the Kit (UK)
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (India)

For tickets and more information visit

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New issue preview: April (#116)

Posted on February 19th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

April Issue Songlines

Voice of Resistance: One of the Western Sahara’s most eloquent activists and singers, Aziza Brahim, talks to Songlines about life in exile and how her music and politics are inseparable

Aziza Brahim’s forthcoming album Abbar el Hamada coincides with the release of the new issue. Watch the video for her new song ‘Calles de Dajla’ below.

Other features include Finnish group Värttinä who discuss the Karelian influences on their latest album; Greek vocalist Savina Yannatou speaks about how her music has no borders; Chris Moss reports on the centenary of the Easter Rising in Ireland; 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 Joan Soriano, The Gloaming and Maz O’Connor, plus an exclusive playlist from Noisettes frontwoman and bassist Shingai Shoniwa, who talks about the music she grew up with and how that helped shape her eclectic tastes.

This issue also includes a bonus CD including a few of the finest acts to emerge from Silesia, one of the epicentres of Poland’s current folk revival.

The issue is on sale in the UK from March 4. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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Now listen to this… Kefaya, Aziza Brahim and Fumaça Preta

Posted on February 12th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines Towers we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world.
Check out our playlist of tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Kefaya – ‘Indignados’
The London-based collective Kefaya (‘Enough’ in Arabic) who were a recent hit at Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. Looking forward to their debut album, Radio International, due for release this summer.

Aziza Brahim – ‘Calles de Dajla’

Saharawi singer Aziza Brahim releases her third album Abbar el Hamada next month – her first since 2014′s Soutak. ‘Calles de Dajla’ was announced on Glitterbeat Records’ official SoundCloud profile – a beautiful taster of what’s to come.

Fumaça Preta – ‘Fumaça Preta’

The track from their eponymous debut in 2014. The thrilling psychedelic rock band return with their new album Impuros Fanáticos in March.

Zeca Pagodinho – ‘Deixa a Vida Me Levar’

A delightful samba oldie about the appreciation of life, ‘Deixa a Vida Me Levar’ (Let Life Take Me) is the title-track on Brazilian musician Zeca Pagodinho’s 2002 album.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – ‘Buffalo Soldier’

Last Saturday would have been reggae legend Bob Marley’s 71st birthday. The anniversary sparked celebrations in his home country of Jamaica, who have hosted special concerts and charity events in his honour.

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