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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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Top of the World: Félix Lajkó – Makovecz Turné

Posted on November 16th, 2012 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Simon Broughton

Grand designs and fiery fiddling

Violinist Félix Lajkó is pretty well known in Hungary, but not so much outside – despite being one of the most extraordinary violinists playing today. Lajkó was born in northern Serbia to Hungarian parents, and is now based in Hungary. He’s played with Boban Markovi’s brass band, with French rock band Noir Désir and composed for theatre productions and films.

His composes music and draws on both classical and folk influences. He usually performs in a duo with viola player Antal Brasnyó – which is how I last saw him in Hungary a couple of years ago. The intensity, fire and virtuosity of their playing is thrilling.

This is a live recording made from a concert tour in April and May 2011, during which Lajkó played in churches and other buildings designed by the visionary architect Imre Makovecz (1935-2011), a Hungarian equivalent of Barcelona’s Gaudi. It’s a rather inspired idea because Lajkó’s music could be seen as an aural equivalent of Makovecz’s designs – modern but with strong folk and vernacular influences. The music is often fast and muscular, but there are also moments of stillness and delicacy. ‘A Madárnak’ (To the Bird) begins with whistling while violin and viola bows just tap the strings, it then moves into pizzicato before the melody sings over a syncopated rhythm. At close to 80 minutes the CD is overlong. But that’s a small criticism of a major achievement. 

Track to try: A Madárnak


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Destination WOMEX 2012

Posted on October 16th, 2012 in News by .

The new issue has been dispatched, the meeting schedules all fixed and business cards at the ready – tomorrow we head to Thessaloniki for the annual world music gathering, WOMEX. Definitely looking forward to a new location – one that is, with a bit of luck warmer, sunnier and cheaper than Copenhagen!

Here are just half a dozen of the music showcases I’m particularly looking forward to:

  • Anibal Velasquez y su Conjunto – classic Colombian tunes from an accordion maestro and his band
  • Félix Lajkó – thrilling violin playing from the Hungarian-Serbian who was a Top of the World artist in the current issue
  • Sam Lee – the UK has gone a bit Sam Lee crazy of late, what with his Mercury Prize nomination. Will be interesting to see how the international delegates react to his quirky take on English folk
  • Lindigo – a maloya powerhouse from La Réunion. They were a real hit when I saw them perform at Sakifo Festival in 2011 so really keen to see them again
  • DakhaBrakha – the Ukrainian quartet’s performance with Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen at WOMAD this summer was the talk of the festival – and I missed them! Won’t make that mistake again
  • Mokoomba – good to see a young band from Zimbabwe making an appearance. If their live show is anywhere near as good as their debut album, then their showcase is bound to be a cracker

Plus, as usual at WOMEX, can’t wait to discover a whole lot of new artists I’ve never come across before.

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David & Peter Adjaye’s playlist and the 10 best new releases in the Nov/Dec issue of Songlines (#88)

Posted on October 11th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The November/December 2012 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from October 12 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by the Adjaye brothers – the renowned architect David and musician/producer Peter.

The Top of the World CD features tracks from folk big band Bellowhead; Finnish musical veterans VärttinäThe Souljazz Orchestra; Korean six-stringed zither quartet Geomungo Factory; genre-bending Brazilian Lucas Santtana; the innovative Sotho Sounds; and award-winning Lau, among others.

Pick up your copy here on the website, at selected WHSmith’s and at all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* Bellowhead ‘The Wife of Usher’s Well’ on Navigator Records
* Värttinä ‘Tuuterin Tyttäret’ on Rockadillo Records
* The Souljazz Orchestra ‘Bibinay’ on Strut
* Rumi Ensemble & Salar Aghili ‘Roz o Shab’ on Talik
* Geomungo Factory ‘Geomungo & Tango’ on Dada Media
* Lucas Santtana ‘Jogos Madrugais’ on Mais Um Discos
* Félix Lajkó ‘A Madárnak’ on Fonó
* Lau ‘Torsa’ on Reveal Records
* Sotho Sounds ‘Mobopong’ on Riverboat Records
* Juanchín y sus Pleneros del Palmar with Tasso Peña ‘Maldito Vicio’ on Vampisoul

Plus the Adjaye brothers’ playlist:

* Yaaba Funk ‘Nyash – E Go Bite U’ (Olatunde Remix) on Here and Now Recordings
* FOKN Bois ‘Gimme Pinch’ on FOKN Bois
* Amira Kheir ‘Mashena’ on Contro Cultura Music
* Randolph Matthews ‘Indigenous Man’ on Randolph Matthews Music
* Wunmi ‘Keep it Rockin’’ on Wunmigirl Music

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