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Live Review | Globaltica, Poland July 20-23

Posted on July 26th, 2016 in Live, Recent posts by .

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Six great things about Globaltica, World Cultures Festival, in Gdynia, Poland

1. The main site is just five minutes walk from a pristine beach on the Baltic Sea.

2. A weekend ticket costs around €10

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3. Over four days, in a relaxed and intimate setting you can get a taste of music from all over the world. This year the line-up included Balkan brass masters Fanfare Ciocarlia from Romania; Damily from Madagascar, playing infectious tsapiky dance music; the cheeky Monsieur Doumani trio from Cyprus; kora and talking drum maestro Diabel Cissokho (pictured right) from Senegal and the remarkable Rancho Aparte, with squealing clarinets, euphonium and powerful percussion from Colombia. Not forgetting Songlines’ favourites, the father, son and daughter trio from Poland, Kapela Maliszow. Traditional music that is vibrant and evolving, which is what Globaltica is about.

4. The celery and ginger drink from the Beetle Juice van (Sok z Zuka) is just divine.

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5. Turkish musician Tahir Palali (pictured right with singer Cigdem Aslan) describes Globaltica as a mini-WOMAD but nicer, because it’s more chilled out. It was a rare opportunity to see him and singer Cigdem Aslan sing spiritual songs from the Alevi tradition. “We Alevis don’t go to the mosque,’’ she says, “but we gather in places like this.’’  We’re in barn-like old stables, and the performance is intimate and intense. Palali’s plucked tembur, with just three strings, is delicate but profound. There’s a simplicity and intensity that takes you to a higher place. “The consciousness that created the universe is within you,’’ he says and his tembur with Aslan’s melismatic voice seems to bring that consciousness closer.

6. Gdynia is Europe’s best location for modernist architecture. The port city was built in little more than a decade from 1926 until World War II as Poland’s ‘window to the world’. In 1928 it handled just one per cent of Poland’s trade, but by 1937 it controlled 49%. The architecture of the city is still dominated by the clean, white, unornamented style of the pre-war period. Easy access from the UK with direct flights from London to Gdansk, just 45 minutes away.

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Globaltica was held on July 20-23 2016. For more information, visit


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Live performances at Destinations 2015, Olympia London

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 in Music Travel, News, Recent posts by .


Simo Lagnawi, Son Yambu and Diabel Cissokho will perform during this year’s Destinations holiday & travel show at the Olympia London from January 29-February 1

Taking place for the first time at the Olympia, Destinations London is the UK’s largest travel show and melting pot of great ideas for your next getaway. This year Songlines has chosen three musicians from Morocco, Senegal and Cuba to perform on the Africa and Americas stages.

On Thursday and Friday catch one of London’s hardest working multi-instrumentalists and dancers, Simo Lagnawi (Morocco), who is widely regarded as the UK’s leading gimbri player and Gnawa master. Over the weekend Cuban ensemble Son Yambu will deliver their own authentic blend of classic son cubano, while Senegalese griot and renowned kora player, Diabel Cissokho, will bring the sounds of West Africa to Olympia.

Find out more about Songlines Music Travel on the website or visit our stand (AA19) over the four days.

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Da Lata to release new album on October 21

Posted on October 3rd, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .


Photograph by Teresa Maita

Global beat pioneers Da Lata will release Fabiola on October 21, with first single ‘Um Amor a Mais’ available now

Formed in 1994 by Chris Franck and Patrick Forge, Fabiola will be the first release from the group in ten years. Released by Agogo Records, the album began taking shape in 2010 with a host of talent on show.

Luiz Gabriel Lopes (Graveola),  Diabel Cissokho and Luísa Maita (pictured) are amongst the names who collaborate on the record. Brazilian chanteuse Maita features on lead single ‘Um Amor a Mais’, which can be streamed below.

You can also watch a live performance of ‘Ronco da Cuica’, which was filmed earlier this year.

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Vieux Farka Touré live in London, September 24

Posted on September 18th, 2013 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Vieux Farka Touré will showcase his new album at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall next week, with support from Diabel Cissokho

The ‘Hendrix of the Sahara’ will perform his new album alongside Valery Assouan on bass guitar and Jean-Baptiste Gbadoe on drums. His excellent fourth release, Mon Pays (a four star review in issue #95), confronts the conflict in his homeland and pays homage to the music of Mali and its illustrious heritage, for which he is fast becoming an important figurehead.

Diabel Cissokho, the Senegalese kora player who has performed alongside artists including Baaba MaalKandia Kouyate, Femi Kuti and Manu Dibango, now fronts his own ensemble, and will open with his new band.

‘Peace’, recorded by Vieux and Sidiki Diabate, is an instrumental masterpiece, and the video for this can be viewed below:

Having sold out the Queen Elizabeth Hall last year with a spellbinding performance, the opportunity to see the fantastic Mon Pays live in concert is not to be missed. You can purchase tickets here.

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