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Now listen to this… Melingo, Calypso Rose and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

Posted on July 15th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Calypso Rose

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally back, our listening playlist returns as normal with a selection of five videos from artists that have been on the Songlines radar.

Melingo – ‘En un Bosque de la China’
This new track is the first to be unveiled from rebel alt-tango singer Melingo’s new album ANDA, due for release in September. It’s fairly light and mellow vibe is paired with a faux-horror visual to accompany it.


Calypso Rose – ‘Calypso Queen’
The queen of calypso teamed up with Manu Chao for her latest album that covers a range of social issues – such as being a woman in a man’s business on this track – with her effortless, summery Caribbean flair.


Foster Manganyi – ‘Ndzi Teke Riendzo’
If you feel you’ve heard this recently, then you probably recognise the drum and bass line from Jessy Lanza’s hit from earlier this year. I’ve always had a soft spot for Shangaan Electro when the summer comes around again, and this record from 2010 (Honest Jon’s Records) ticks all the boxes.

Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno feat U-Roy & Alice Russell – ‘A Life Worth Living’

Record producer and musician Quantic (with a little help from some special guests) put on a stellar performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. This track is the second on his new Flowering Inferno project which is reviewed in the new issue (#120).


The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Noura Mint Seymali – Richa
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians were also another exceptional act to play at Glastonbury alongside composer and Damon Albarn. They put on a show at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall the following day, with this stunning performance with Noura Mint Seymali being one of the night’s highlights.

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Top of the World August/September 2016: The best new releases

Posted on July 15th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the August/September (#120) issue.

Calypso Rose
Far From Home (Because Music)


With the help of Manu Chao, the Calypso queen represents her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, covering a range of social and political issues with a contemporary Caribbean flair.
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Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano
Heritage (Membran/QWest)


The bassist is backed by veteran musicians from New York’s Latin music scene for an album of Cuban music filtered through African sensibilities.

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Various Artists
Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed (Analog Africa)


An excellent collection of Cape Verde’s electro oddities, which were inspired when a missing cargo of synths washed up on their shores.

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Kimi Djabaté
Kanamalu (Red Orange Recordings)


The guitarist, singer and percussionist from Guinea-Bissau tackles personal and political issues and topics on songs with musical flavours that are reminiscent of the griot tradition of Mali.

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Ricardo Ribeiro
Hoje é Assim, Amanhã Não Sei (Warner Music Portugal)


Respected fado singer Ricardo Ribeiro shows why he is known as one of Portugal’s finest artists, releasing a subtle new album of ruminative and quietly powerful compositions.

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Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno
1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts)


Producer Quantic delves into Latin-infused dub and reggae for a set of wildly divergent tracks that are sophisticated and full of soul.

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Remembrance (Nordic Notes)


Americana and Norwegian Sámi music are brilliantly melded together in this engaging album by bassist Steinar Raknes and joiker Sara Marielle Gaup.

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Félix Lajkó
Most Jöttem (Fonó)


Putting an unconventional twist on traditional Hungarian folk music, violinist Félix Lajkó effortlessly straddles the worlds of folk, jazz and improvised music for one of his best albums in years.
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Ana Alcaide
Leyenda (ARC Music)


Spanish singer and nyckelharpa player Ana Alcaide offers a set of 12 mesmerising tracks that are dedicated to the legends that evoke the resolute spirit of women.

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Yinon Muallem
Meeting of Hearts (Ahenk Müzik)


Yinon Muallem exhibits a strong mysticism in his music, utilising a wealth of instruments from the Middle East to create a distinctive album promoting unification and goodwill.
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