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The 50 Greatest World Music Albums of the Last Five Years (Part 4)

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

Editor Jo Frost and editor-in-chief Simon Broughton choose their favourite albums from 2011…


Anda Union

The Wind Horse

(Hohhot Records)

Undoubtedly one of the most talked about bands at WOMAD 2011, this group of throat-singing, horse head fiddle players are from Inner Mongolia, China. Musically, there are similarities with the Tuvan group Huun Huur Tu, but with the addition of two excellent female singers. Their highly evocative music conjures up impressions of vast expanses of sparsely populated grasslands, as depicted in a documentary about the band recently shown at the London Film Festival. This album is definitely one for equine fans – the whinnying sounds they make on ‘Galloping Horses’ is quite amazing. JF




Laru Beya

(Real World)

It’s thanks to the late Belizean singer Andy Palacio that the culture and music of the Central American Garifuna people is known internationally. Aurelio Martinez dedicates this album to his friend and mentor, with a particularly beautiful song written in Palacio’s honour, ‘Wamada’. In addition to the drum and percussion heavy Garifuna rhythms, there are contributions from Youssou N’Dour and Orchestra Baobab – a result of Aurelio’s Rolex Mentor-Protégé initiative with Youssou back in 2007 [see #64]. These West African vocal additions were recorded on one of Aurelio’s trips to Dakar, tracing the roots of his ancestors – he describes this album as ‘a homecoming.’ Palacio’s Garifuna legacy is in safe hands with Aurelio. JF




Boban & Marko Marković Orkestar and Fanfare Ciocărlia

Balkan Brass Battle

(Asphalt Tango)

The story is a great one – the two top Gypsy bands in the Balkans go head to head. Boban and Marko Marković, the kings of Balkan brass from the ‘Trubacka Republika’ (Trumpet Republic) of Serbia versus Fanfare Ciocărlia, the peasant upstarts, from Romania. Each band does a few of their own tunes, they each do a version of Duke Ellington’s ‘Caravan’ and they do four tracks together. A gristly gobbet of the best of Balkan brass. SB



Blind Note

Blind Note


It’s the haunting sound of the Armenian duduk on the opening track ‘Chiraki Par’ that initially got me hooked. Then there’s the fact that the musicians, from Armenia, Turkey, Mexico, Senegal and Madagascar, all now based in Belgium, recorded the album in aid of a Belgian NGO, Light for the World, who raise money for blind children in Africa. But regardless of the good cause, it’s the simplicity and sensitivity of the music they’ve created that makes this album so noteworthy. Interestingly, Muziekpublique only release one or two albums a year – their main work is putting on concerts and music classes in a small venue in Brussels. JF





(EMI Portugal)

Every young fado singer has got to market themselves as the new voice of fado. But Carminho is the one to watch. She has a versatile intimacy in her voice, as if she’s talking to you personally, and some of the lyrics she’s written herself, which give songs like ‘Nunca é Silêncio Vão’ a special intensity. Featuring several fine Portuguese guitar players, this CD represents a spectacular debut with the opening ‘Escrevi teu Nome no Vento’ a particular highlight with a gorgeous melody and delivery. SB




Cecil Sharp Project

Cecil Sharp Project

(EFDSS/Shrewsbury Folk Festival)

So often, well-intended collaborative ‘projects’ look great on paper but don’t work in practice, seeming forced and lacking in real musical connection. Not so with this project, which I was privileged to witness in action when the eight musicians spent a week together coming up with the songs for a series of concerts and album [see #78]. The idea is simple enough – putting into song the experiences of English folk collector Cecil Sharp during his trip to Appalachia. It’s the quality of the musicianship and their obvious enjoyment in working and playing together that is striking, particularly on tracks such as ‘The Great Divide’ and ‘The Ghost of Songs’. JF



Dawda Jobarteh

Northern Light Gambian Night


For me the kora is the greatest of African instruments, providing a sublime accompaniment or as a marvellous solo instrument in its own right. Dawda Jobarteh comes from one of the great griot dynasties in the Gambia and, now living in Denmark, he’s produced this album in which he does both with guitarist Preben Carlsen and lots of guest musicians. One of the loveliest tracks, ‘Nkanakele’, features South Indian flute player Shashank and apparently the wild guitar on ‘Dinding Do’ is actually Dawda Jobarteh on electric kora. A great debut album from an impressive new artist and it closes with a stately duet with the supreme kora maestro Toumani Diabaté. SB



Anoushka Shankar


(Deutsche Grammophon)

The meeting of Indian music and flamenco isn’t new, but this is one of the best products of that fusion. Sitar player Anoushka Shankar (daughter of Ravi) worked with guitarist and (Grammy-award winning) producer Javier Limón on an album that really does chart a musical and emotional journey, if not a geographical one. There are great vocals from Buika, Duquende and Sandra Carrasco on the flamenco side and Shubha Mudgal and Sanjeev Chimmalgi on the Indian side and spectacular sitar duets from Anoushka and flamenco pianist Pedro Ricardo Miño and flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela. An exuberant recording which is one of the highlights of the year. SB






(World Village)

Söndörgő – hard to say, but easy to listen to – are a fabulous young band from Hungary. They have now started to make an international impact and this CD and their spectacular live shows are the reason. On delicate plucked tamburas, they play the music of the South Slav minorities in Hungary – virtuoso dance tunes that are fiery, but delicate. This CD, featuring Gypsy tambura master József Kovács, from whom they’ve learned many of their tunes, is a great calling card with a cross section of their repertoire as played in the southern city of Mohács. In addition to the tambura repertoire they play some great Macedonian tunes – notably the popular ‘Zajdi, Zajdi’ with their secret weapon, fabulous vocalist Kátya Tompos. SB



Abigail Washburn

City of Refuge


To describe Abigail Washburn as a singer-songwriter and banjo player seems woefully inadequate when you realise this is a woman who has become an unofficial US goodwill ambassador to China (she speaks and sings in Chinese). The illustrative album artwork, depicting a multitude of exotic-looking places and faces, is a good indication of what you’re going to hear. It’s an enchanting treasure trove of musical treats, featuring a host of instruments, from double bass, viola, guzheng (zither) and the beautiful yet rarely heard cello banjo (on ‘Bring Me My Queen’). JF

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Live | Carminho performs at Ronnie Scott’s tonight

Posted on September 8th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Portugal’s young fado star begins a two-night residence at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

After making her UK performing debut at Songlines Encounters Festival back in 2011, Carminho has paved her own unique path in the footsteps of Ana Moura and Mariza. She is now widely considered to be one of the most talented and innovative fado singers of recent years. Citing influences from legends such as Lucília do Carmo and Amália Rodrigues, the Lisbon-born singer’s fado is firmly rooted in the pure tradition of the genre.

Carminho’s first solo recording, 2009′s Fado (reviewed in #77) was a platinum-selling success and one of Songlines’ Best Albums of 2011. This was followed by 2012’s equally powerful Alma (reviewed in #88) – Carminho’s two performances in the intimacy of the famous London jazz club are not to be missed.

Last minute tickets are still available here.

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Further acts added to WOMAD Charlton Park line-up

Posted on April 12th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

© Matt Crossick

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Toots & the Maytals and Carminho added to bill

WOMAD Charlton Park is back this summer from July 25-28. The first acts announced last month included Rokia Traoré, Gilberto Gil and Ondatrópica, and today’s announcement sees Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Toots & the Maytals and Carminho join what is shaking up to be one of the strongest WOMAD line-ups to date.

Festivals are very much the talk of the town at the moment at Songlines HQ, with our definitive festival guide appearing in the next issue (June 2013, #92) on sale in the UK on April 26. The Songlines team will tenting it at WOMAD once again this year, so pop by and say hello. You can buy a discounted Songlines subscription with a weekend ticket here.

To purchase tickets or to find out more information (including our Songlines subscription/weekend ticket offer) please visit the WOMAD UK website.

Further confirmed WOMAD Charlton Park 2013 acts:

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)
Toots & the Maytals (Jamaica)
The Heavy (UK)
Parov Stelar Band (Austria)
Adjágas (Norway)
Bombay Royale (Australia/India) 
Carminho (Portugal)
Christine Salem (Réunion)
Dizu Plaatjies and the Ibuyambo Ensemble (South Africa)
Flavia Coelho (Brazil)
Hidden Orchestra (UK)
Jesca Hoop (USA)
Katy Carr & The Aviators (UK)
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (Iran)
Spoek (South Africa)
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (USA)
YesKing (UK)
Fimber Bravo (Trinidad)
Iadoni (Georgia)
Malouma (Mauritania)
Riot Jazz Brass Band (UK) 

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Carminho at Purcell Room, November 13 2012

Posted on November 15th, 2012 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

This was a very special evening. Songlines has said it before, but Carminho is the exciting new name on the Portuguese fado scene. We’re proud to have had her UK debut at Songlines Encounters last year. In Portugal – and in neighbouring Spain — she has been in the charts with her duet with pop singer Pablo Alborán, but at the London Jazz Festival she was concentrating on the pure fado which she does so beautifully.

She opened with ‘Lagrimas do Ceu’ (Tears of Heaven), a song of tears, rain and sweet melancholy associated with Alfredo Marceneiro. It’s full of haunting phrases exchanged between Carminho and Portuguese guitar player Luis Guerreiro, surely the most expressive in the business, both in his facial expressions and his playing. When everybody is wanting to experiment, it was great to have the classic line-up of a singer backed by top players – Guerreiro on guitarra, Diogo Clemente on viola (Spanish guitar) and Marino de Freitas on baixo acustico (acoustic bass guitar).

Her voice is clear and focussed, but with a touch of husky warmth.  She writes some of her own lyrics and clearly selects her songs carefully – she really feels their emotions, yet is collected on stage, not over emotional. She introduced some of the songs – and probably should have said a little more, but it’s always a fine line between explaining too much and just letting the music speak.

I happened to bump into a friend of mine who had heard her in the wonderful Mesa de Frades in Lisbon and had been hugely impressed. Carminho ended, before the standing ovation and encores, with her most beautiful song ‘Escrivi teu nome no Vento’ (I Write Your Name on the Wind), which has a beguiling tune and sense of loss as elusive as the wind. We both agreed that we’d been at an evening of rare beauty and intensity. At the end of the final encore the mics were turned off and the concert ended with the pure unamplified voice and guitars. Just like a Lisbon fado house.  Gorgeous.

Part of this concert will be broadcast on world routes on Radio 3 on Sunday evening (November 18).

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