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Top of the World: Bombino – Nomad

Posted on May 8th, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Nigel Williamson

Hitting all the Black Keys

There’s a growing trend for West African acts to court global popularity by employing Anglo-American producers to give them a rock’n’roll makeover. Rokia Traoré’s latest is produced by PJ Harvey’s long-time collaborator John Parrish, and now the Touareg guitarist Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar has travelled to Nashville to record with Dan Auerbach of the American indie blues duo Black Keys. 

The band recently won four awards at the 2013 Grammies, including one for Auerbach as producer of the year. He’s given a robust, clattering blues-rock sound to Nomad that should achieve the desired effect of appealing to the indie crowd who read MOJO and Uncut rather than Songlines. That Auerbach has pushed Bombino further in the direction of mainstream rock than Justin Adams ever did with Tinariwen or Chris Eckman of the Walkabouts with Tamikrest is evident from the first notes of the opener ‘Amidinine’. With the guitars playing at double-speed, the loping Touareg beat is transformed into a frantic, heads-down rock’n’roll boogie. It has an undeniable dynamic, although something of the haunting desert mystery has evaporated along the way. The same heavy attack informs most tracks. ‘Niamey Jam’ creates a new genre we might call ‘Touareg garage.’ 

Elsewhere, Auerbach adds splashes of synthesizer and pedal steel, while on ‘Imidiwan’ and ‘Aman’ he gets Bombino to bop like an Africanised T.Rex – the Black Keys are big Bolan fans, and sampled T.Rex’s ‘Mambo Sun’ on their Brothers album. But although this is one of those records that on first listen will probably have you asking ‘what have they done?,’ by the third or fourth play it sounds fabulous.

TRACK TO TRY: Tamiditine

(On Nonesuch Records)

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Eugene Hütz’s playlist and the 10 best new releases in the new Songlines issue

Posted on April 27th, 2013 in Recent posts by .

The June 2013 issue of Songlines is now on sale. It includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The CD also includes five tracks selected by Gogol Bordello frontman, Eugene Hütz.

The Top of the World CD features tracks from acclaimed Touareg guitarist Bombino; much-loved Portuguese singer Ana Moura; Algerian singer and activist Rachid Taha; iconic Brazilian composer Caetano Veloso; a tidal wave of Afro-Latin grooves from Family Atlantica and Gladiators’ bassist Clinton Fearon reinvents the band’s classic tracks, amongst others.

Pick up your copy here or at selected WHSmith’s and all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* Bombino ‘Imuhur’ on Nonesuch Records
* Clinton Fearon ‘Let Jah be Praised’ on Sterns Music
* Amparo Sánchez ‘La Cuenta Atrás’ on Wrasse Records
* Family Atlantica ‘Manicero’ on Soundway Records
* Caetano Veloso ‘Um Abraçaço’ on Decca Records
* Bella Hardy ‘The Seventh Girl’ on Noe Records
* Debashish Bhattacharya ‘Kirwani One.5+8.Five’ on Riverboat Records
* Ana Moura ‘Amor Afoito’ on Decca Records
* Rachid Taha ‘Ana’ on Wrasse Records
* Stephan Micus ‘I Praise You, Sacred Mother’ on ECM Records

Plus Eugene Hütz’s playlist:

* Goran Bregović featuring Eugene Hütz ‘Be That Man’ on Wrasse Records
* Kozak System ‘Shablia’ on Kozak System Records
* Kapelle Böllberg ‘Mädchenpop’ on Kapelle Böllberg Records
* A Tribe Called Red ‘Electric Pow Wow Drum’ on A Tribe Called Red Records
* Seu Jorge and Almaz ‘The Model’ on Now-Again Records

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Malian musicians unite to record track in Bamako

Posted on January 19th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

As the fighting in Mali intensifies between the national army and Islamist militants who have occupied the North, Malian musicians have joined together to record a track in an act of musical solidarity.

Whether its through the hip-hop of Amkoullel, the Touareg blues of Bombino or the rocking ngoni of Bassekou Kouyaté, music is already proving to be an extremely commanding tool in the battle against extremism in Mali and now a host of the country’s top musicians have recorded the track ‘Maliko’ (Peace) in the capital, Bamako.

Artists featured included Songlines Music Awards 2012 Newcomer, Fatoumata Diawara; Amadou & Mariam; Khaira Arby; Kasse Mady Diabaté; Vieux Farka Touré; Toumani Diabaté; Djelimadi Tounkara; Amakoullel; Oumou Sangaré, Habib Koité and Ivory Coast’s Tiken Jag Fakoly.

On Thursday Glastonbury Festival (June 26-30) announced that the first officially confirmed act is to be Mali’s Rokia Traoré, who will one of three Malian acts to open each day at the Pyramid Stage. The festival’s co-organiser Emily Eavis commented; ‘given the situation in Mali at the moment, it felt particularly important to show some solidarity,’ she added ‘we want to stay out of the politics, but if we can give musicians a platform we will always do that.’

Video for ‘Maliko’ below

Read more about the Mali crisis in our November/December 2012 issue (#88) or about Bassekou Kouyaté’s new album recorded during the coup in our January/February 2013 issue (#89).

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Songlines Music Awards on the Propermusic Podcast

Posted on April 17th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

On this week’s Propermusic Podcast, Songlines editor Jo Frost, news editor Nathaniel Handy and contributor Tim Cumming talk to Trevor Dann about the Songlines Music Awards 2012.

You can listen to the podcast here and hear excerpts from the Songlines Music Awards 2012 compilation CD, which features all 16 nominated artists. 


Propermusic.com Podcast Episode 31

You can listen to excerpts from all 16 nominees on our Songlines Music Awards 2012 app, available on iTunes.

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