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New issue (July 2016) on sale now!

Posted on June 10th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

Songlines July 2016 Fanfare Ciocarlia

Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocărlia; Brazilian big band Bixiga 70; Afro Celt Sound System; Damon Albarn’s Africa Express reunite the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

The July (#119) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from South African guitarist Derek Gripper, Estonian fiddle player and singer Maarja Nuut, and London-based fusion band Melt Yourself Down.

Fanfare Ciocarlia Songlines

Fanfare Ciocărlia – The Romanian Gypsy group chat to us as they celebrate 20 years in the music business
Bixiga 70 – The Brazilian band discuss their signature big brass sound
Afro Celt Sound System – The Celtic fusion group speak about their much-lauded return
Damon Albarn and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians – We talk to Damon Albarn and the leader of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Issam Rafea, about their series of momentous concerts across Europe
World Music Meets Early Music – Finding the space where these two worlds of music meet

Calypso Rose Songlines

Calypso Rose – A Beginner’s Guide to the septuagenarian queen of calypso’s remarkable career
Corinne Bailey Rae – A playlist and interview with the British singer-songwriter, who talks about her journey to rediscover happiness and the music she found along the way
Les Amazones d’Afrique – Daniel Brown reports on the all-female collection of singers from West Africa who have joined forces to empower women and change male attitudes

PLUS! Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.

Click here to buy the new issue.

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Next issue preview: July (#119)

Posted on May 27th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


A Life of Flowers; Romanian Gypsy group Fanfare Ciocărlia chat to Songlines as they celebrate 20 years in the music business

Other features include Brazilian band Bixiga 70 who discuss their signature big brass sound; Afro Celt Sound System speak to the magazine about their much-lauded return; we talk to Damon Albarn and Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music leader Issam Rafea about their series of upcoming collaborative concerts; plus the latest CD, book and world cinema reviews to get stuck into.

The issue’s Top of the World covermount CD includes brand new tracks from American multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla, North Estonian fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut and South African guitarist Derek Gripper, plus an exclusive playlist from British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, who talks about her journey to rediscover happiness and the music she found along the way.

The issue is on sale in the UK from June 10. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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Fanfare Ciocărlia set to kick off UK tour

Posted on March 6th, 2015 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


The Romanian Gypsy brass band return for a UK tour for the first time in 7 years

Renowned as the most fiery brass band going, Fanfare Ciocărlia return to the UK following the release of last year’s Devil’s Tale, where the 24-piece band teamed up with Gypsy jazz guitarist Adrian Raso. The tour will include premiere performances of songs from their latest release, and a few surprises along the way.

We are giving away a pair of tickets to each one of the shows below. Simply click here to enter the competition.

Tour dates:

March 17 Koko, London. Buy tickets.
March 18 The Apex, Bury St Edmonds. Buy tickets.
March 19 Town Hall, Leeds. Buy tickets.
March 20 Town Hall, Birmingham. Buy tickets.
March 21 Sage Gateshead. Buy tickets.

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First acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2013

Posted on February 27th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

(photograph by Suzie M Blake)

Gilberto Gil, Rokia Traoré and Alice Russell amongst first acts confirmed

WOMAD Charlton Park once again this summer on July 25-28. WOMAD’s philosophy is to expose audiences to unheard sounds from around the globe, and this year’s line-up certainly confirms that trend.

Alongside the big names – Gilberto Gil, Rokia Traoré and Alice Russell – other acts will include David Rodigan MBE, Sam Lee & Friends, Ondatrópica, Tamikrest, Mokoomba, Asif Ali Khan and Fanfare Ciocarlia.

The year’s festival season is very much the talk of the Songlines office at the moment, and we look forward to seeing you all at WOMAD Charlton Park for what promises be one of the best yet. 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.

Confirmed artists for WOMAD Charlton Park 2013:

Rokia Traoré (Mali) 

With a new album out April, the Malian singer continues to be at the forefront of defending women’s rights around the world and publicising the continuing critical situation in her place of birth. Rokia looks very much set to make her mark on the UK festival scene this summer. (photo by Franck Socha)








Gilberto Gil (Brazil)  

A key figure of Brazil’s tropicália movement in the late 60s when his songs of protest and dissent were aimed squarely at the military junta then controlling the country.







Alice Russell (UK)

Highly acclaimed Brighton-based soul singer who has worked with the likes of David Byrne, Will ‘Quantic’ Holland and Fatboy Slim.








David Rodigan
 MBE (UK) The legendary sexagenarian Englishman whose DJ selections have secured him victories against the top DJs in Jamaica in live soundclashes.

Asif Ali Khan (Pakistan) The star pupil of – and successor to – the great qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Bwani Junction (UK) Sharply alert indie-pop and shimmering African guitars mark out this four-piece as the Caledonian answer to Vampire Weekend.

Canzoniere Grencanico Salentino (Italy) Leading traditional music ensemble with CV that includes playing with Ballaké Sissoko, Ludovico Einaudi and Stewart Copeland. 

David Wax Museum (USA) Top-notch Mexican-flavoured Americana.

Debapriya and Samanwaya (India) Sitar mastery from these two young players.

Dub Inc (France) Sunshine grooves from this reggae/dub outfit from St Etienne.

Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia) Haunting singer occupying the (admittedly broad) territory between Joan Baez and Portishead’s Beth Gibbons.

Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania) The party-starting massed Gypsy horns who’ve even known to slip a Duke Ellington tune or two into their repertoire.

Fredy Massamba (Congo) Super-slick Afro-soul straight from the streets of Congo-Brazzaville, via Belgium.

Gocoo (Japan) Elemental 11-piece (seven women, four men) taiko drum ensemble.

Huun Huur Tu (Russia) With more than 20 years of live shows under their belts, these Tuvans remain the masters of the beguiling tradition of dual-note throat singing.

Jagwa Music (Tanzania) Frenetic band who hit hard with the new, gritty sound of the city, delivered through homespun percussion and a battered vintage Casio keyboard.

Kissmet (UK/India) Magical meeting of bhangra and rock.

Le Vent du Nord (Québec) Flamboyant protectors of Québécois folk music traditions.

Lévon Minassian (Armenia) The undisputed star of the doudouk and previous Peter Gabriel collaborator.

Mala in Cuba (UK) The dubstep don takes the album made in Cuba with Gilles Peterson into the live arena.

Malawi Mouse Boys (Malawi) When they’re not playing their delightfully chiming acoustic songs, they can be found selling barbecued mouse-on-a-stick to passing drivers.

Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) The local meets the global, as the music of Zimbabwe’s Tonga people is further flavoured by occasional forays into rap and reggae.

Nano Stern (Chile) Young singer-songwriter with stirring set of protest songs.

Ondatrópica (Colombia) All-star aggregation of young and old Medellin musicians, co-conceived by Will ‘Quantic’ Holland.

Osibisa (Ghana/Antigua/Jamaica/USA) Sunshine grooves from reconvened Afro-rock veterans.

Sam Lee & Friends (UK) Mercury-nominated folk singer and song collector continues his quest to guide the tradition into the 21st century.

Schlachthofbronx (Germany) Bottom-end worshipping Bavarian bassheads brew up dancehall, dub, techno, baile funk and kwaito.

Syd Arthur (UK) Young folky psychedelicists whose mesmerising songs channel the ghost of the recently departed Kevin Ayers.

Tamikrest (Mali) The songs of these desert bluesmen will carry even more gravity and significance following the events of the last few months in northern and central Mali.

Urna & Kroke (Mongolia/Poland) Polish band Kroke (a favourite of the late DJ Charlie Gillett) in collaboration with the strikingly voiced Mongolian singer Urna.


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