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BBC Radio 3 Documentary: Music in Peril

Posted on September 14th, 2017 in Recent posts by .


A fascinating BBC Radio 3 documentary on Pakistan’s qawwali music scene, still flourishing in spite of recent attacks 

A BBC documentary presented by Lopa Kothari and producer Roger Short explores the recent threats to the ancient Sufi art form of qawwali, and discovers its incredible resilience and ability to prosper in spite of these obstacles. The programme also features interviews with the musicians themselves, gathered on a recent visit to Pakistan, and includes a conversation with Pakistan’s most celebrated Sufi singer, Abida Parveen (pictured above), as well as musical performances recorded in Lahore.

The documentary is available on BBC iPlayer now.

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BBC Radio 3 asks, why music?

Posted on September 25th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .

BBC Radio 3 Why Music?

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast live from the Wellcome Collection in London for the first time as they investigate the power of music in a series called Why Music?

Kicking off this evening at 6:30pm, with author Philip Ball asking why music is such a universal trait, BBC Radio 3 will spend the weekend exploring the power of music through a fascinating series of programmes, including several live broadcasts from the Wellcome Collection in London. Throughout the weekend, presenters and guests will ask how music can hold such sway on us, how it can affect wellbeing, language and memories.

Highlights of the weekend will include Songlines editor-in-chief Simon Broughton together with folk singer Sam Lee and presenter Mary Ann Kennedy who will discuss about how music is common to every society on the planet on World on 3 tonight at 9:30pm. Tomorrow at 4:00pm, actors Tamsin Greig and Alex Jennings read passages on the power of music – everything from Shakespeare to Nick Hornby. And then on Sunday, Songlines contributor and BBC presenter Andrew McGregor will analyse his own brain scan to see how he responds to music in a live broadcast from the Wellcome Collection at 10:30am, and at 4:00pm composer and wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson will demonstrate the connections between the sounds of the natural world and music.

With countless other programme happening across the weekend, check out the BBC Radio website for details of all the programmes that dare to ask, Why Music?


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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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Songlines at WOMAD

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


Photography by Susie Blake

We prepare and pack for WOMAD Charlton Park, one of the most far-reaching festival programmes the UK has to offer

With over 50 artist CD signing sessions confirmed (yes, over 50!), this year’s premier world music blast is set to be our biggest yet. If you’re not able to make it to Charlton Park, then you can keep up-to-date with all the latest goings-on by following the team on Twitter and Facebook.

We’ve put together a list of our artist recommendations for this weekend. To view the full line-up visit

In partnership with independent record store Rise, we will be hosting artist signings for the Open Air and Siam stages this year. Artists confirmed include Brazilian MC Criolo, Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi, and legendary Touareg group Tinariwen.

Songlines at WOMAD

If you’re heading to the festival this weekend, then be sure to visit our main stand next to the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage. As well as joining in with a spot of festive fun with the Songlines team, you’ll be able to watch all of the acts live and meet them afterwards. Artists performing on this stage include French-Cuban twins Ibeyi, Bolivian singer Luzmilla Carpio and Senegalese star Cheikh Lô.

The Songlines main stand will be the only place you’ll be able to pick up your copy of The Guardian and Observer, so drop by for a morning chat with the team!

Songlines at WOMAD

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