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Songlines Encounters Festival | Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrain Fard + Çiğdem Aslan, June 7

Posted on June 5th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Photography by Handan Erek

For the final night of Songlines Encounters Festival we welcome Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrain Fard and Çiğdem Aslan (pictured)

Kayhan Kalhor is renowned for his great musical partnerships. The Iranian kamancheh (spike fiddle) player has performed great duos with Indian, Turkish, Kurdish and Iranian musicians. This sublime pairing of bowed and struck strings features fellow Iranian musician Ali Bahrami Fard on a specially created bass santur in music that is meditative and uplifting.

Turkish Kurdish vocalist Çiğdem Aslan is one of London’s best-kept secrets, but not for much longer. Her debut album, Mortissa, has been attracting rave reviews and shows that Aslan is a lioness of rebetika – the melancholy Greek and Turkish songs of Asia Minor. She’s gathered a superb band, some of them moonlighting from She’Koyokh, with whom Aslan also performs, and they’ll be sure to round off Songlines Encounters in style.

More information and tickets.

Free Q&A with Kayhan Kalhor at 6:15pm

Prior to his performance, Kayhan Kalhor will talk to Simon Broughton about the music and events that have inspired his music and demonstrates his specially commissioned instrument, the shah kaman. More info.

Kayhan Kalhor performs with Ali Bahrami Fard:

Don’t miss the FREE foyer performance preceding this concert at 6:50pm

Pouya Mahmoodi Band

Pouya Mahmoodi is an Iranian guitarist, songwriter and singer. He is a pioneer of Iranian world fusion style, mixing Iranian traditional music with Western music styles such as jazz, blues, and rock. In this programme Armin Firouzabadi (acoustic guitar), Saleh Zarei (electric bass) and Ali Nourbakhsh (percussion) will accompany him.

You can book your tickets by visiting the Kings Place website or by calling 020 7520 1490. We hope to see you there!

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Songlines Encounters Festival 2014 Line-up

Posted on May 23rd, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


In less than two weeks time Songlines Encounters Festival returns for its fourth year on June 5-7 at London’s Kings Place, in association with Ikon Arts Management. Female vocalists are a strong strand running through this year’s line-up. Come and see some spectacular international musicians and up-and-coming artists that we want to champion. 

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or discounted festival passes.

Thursday June 5
Family Atlantica + Dobet Gnahoré


The Songlines Encounters Festival begins in Africa. Luzmira Zerpa is the larger-than-life vocalist of Family Atlantica (pictured above) whose music stretches from Venezuela across the Atlantic to London and West Africa. Dobet Gnahoré, from Ivory Coast, is one of the most dynamic young female performers of Africa. With striking costumes, Dobet’s shows have a visceral energy and power which you won’t forget.*

Find out more.

*Dobet Gnahoré is replacing Habib Koité, who is now unable to make the trip to the UK.


Friday June 6
Anna Phoebe + Oana Cătălina Chiţu


Anna Phoebe’s fiery violin mixes Eastern and Western influences with a touch of Gypsy and, in her UK concert hall debut, Romanian singer Oana Cătălina Chiţu (pictured above) brings her rich, smokey interpretations of Maria Tănase to London – kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute London.

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Saturday June 7
Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard + Çiğdem Aslan


Saturday will feature major talents from Asia Minor and beyond. A sublime instrumental duo from Iran, featuring kamancheh (spike fiddle) and santur (hammer dulcimer), and the charismatic Çiğdem Aslan who performs Greek and Turkish repertoire with her virtuoso band. There’s a pre-concert talk with Kayhan Kalhor (pictured above) in the St Pancras Room (6:15pm).

Find out more.


See our festival line-up page for more details, visit the Kings Place website or tweet about it.

Hear Simon Broughton talking to Turkish Kurdish vocalist Çiğdem Aslan and fiery violinist Anna Phoebe about what they’ll be bringing to the Festival…

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Songlines Music Awards 2014 Nominees: Best Artist

Posted on March 18th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Now in their sixth year, the Songlines Music Awards celebrate and acknowledge the wealth of musical talent from around the world featured in Songlines magazine. Here are the four nominees in the Best Artist category, as voted by you.



Çiğdem Aslan for Mortissa on Asphalt Tango Records

Istanbul-born Aslan, the lead singer of the party-loving klezmer band She’Koyokh, strikes out on her own for her solo debut, Mortissa. Meaning ‘strong, independent woman,’ the album revisits classic 1930s Greek rebetika and its Anatolian cousin, smyrneika. With her dark, silky voice, Aslan expertly treads the fine line between tradition and innovation, resurrecting the love songs from smoky emigrant cafés.

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mulatucircleMulatu Astatke for Sketches of Ethiopia on Jazz Village

With a nod to Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain, Mulatu Astatke’s latest album highlights and celebrates the cultural diversity of Ethiopia, his home country. Looking more to Africa, composer and vibes player Astatke creates a triumphant mix of jazz and African music while still allowing for the effortless creative freedom that has seen him dubbed as the father and ultimate master of Ethio-jazz.

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manucircleManu Chao for Sibérie M’Était Contéee on Because

Rocker Manu Chao never had much time for the language of his homeland, and for years he refused to sing in French. And yet, here he is with 23 tracks of full-on French song. The album, originally released in 2004 but unavailable outside France until now, nods to the world of chanson and musette while keeping the iconic playfulness that has made Manu Chao a world music superstar.

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bassekoucircleBassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba for Jama Ko on Out Here

Malian ngoni star Bassekou Kouyaté returns with a new line-up. Here he is joined by his two sons Madou and Moustafa and a few special guests, including co-producer Howard Bilerman of Arcade Fire fame. Recorded in Bamako just as Mali descended into chaos and turmoil in 2012, Jama Ko became Bassekou’s political manifesto to his distressed country.

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Songlines Music Awards 2014: The Nominees

Posted on March 12th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Now in their sixth year, we are delighted to announce the Songlines Music Awards 2014 nominees. The awards, voted by Songlines readers and the general public, endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the wealth of musical talent around the world.

The 16 nominees are (drumroll please):

Çiğdem Aslan (for Mortissa on Asphalt Tango)
Bassekou Kouyaté (for Jama Ko on Out Here)
Manu Chao (for Sibérie M’était Contéee on Because)
Mulatu Astatke (for Sketches of Ethiopia on Jazz Village)

Clannad (for Nádúr on ARC Music)
Los Desterrados (for Dos Amantes on Enkalador)
R.U.T.A. (for Na Vschod on Karrot Kommando)
Tamikrest (for Chatma on Glitterbeat)

Dizraeli and The Small Gods (for Moving in the Dark on ECC Records)
Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (for Clychau Dibon on Astar Artes)
Monoswezi (for The Village on Riverboat Records/World Music Network)
Fanfara Tirana Meets Transglobal Underground (for Kabatronics on World Village)

Family Atlantica (for Family Atlantica on Soundway)
Monsieur Doumani (for Grippy Grappa on Monsieur Doumani)
Will Pound (for A Cut Above on Lulubug Records )
We Banjo 3 (for Roots of the Banjo Tree on We Banjo 3)

Visit the official Songlines Music Awards page for full profiles of each nominee.

All the nominated artists have had albums reviewed in Songlines during 2013 (from issues #90 to #97 inclusive). The winners will be announced in our 100th issue, on sale April 25.


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