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Aziza Brahim to release new album in March

Posted on December 9th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


Photo by Dave Stelfox

Aziza Brahim will release a new album on Glitterbeat Records on March 4

The Saharawi singer Aziza Brahim announced that she will be releasing her third album, Abbar el Hamada, this March. The album will arrive two years after her last offering Soutak, which was selected as one of Songlines’ Best Albums of 2014. Recorded in Barcelona over the summer, Abbar el Hamada sees the return of Chris Eckman as producer after his work on her last album, and will continue to spur Brahim’s message of freedom and political defiance.

To mark the announcement, a new song – ‘Calles de Dajla’ – was published on Glitterbeat Records’ SoundCloud; it is available to listen to below.

More information can be found on Brahim’s official website and Glitterbeat Records. And look out for a feature on Aziza Brahim in Songlines in the new year.

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Bixiga 70 reveal new video

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 in Recent posts by .


Sao Paulo based group Bixiga 70 reveal new video to accompany new track ‘100% 13’

Brazilian music has always been at least half African, and the Brazilian Afrobeat band Bixiga 70 – along with many of their contemporaries – continue to re-examine Brazil’s musical relationship to Africa.

Hot on the heels of the release of III on Glitterbeat Records, Bixiga 70 have released a video for ‘100% 13’, capturing the notoriously raucous live environment of their shows.

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Bassekou Kouyaté debuts new video ‘Siran Fen’

Posted on March 27th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba have released the video for ‘Siran Fen’, the first single to be taken from forthcoming album Ba Power

Recorded and produced in Mali by Chris Eckman of Glitterbeat RecordsBa Power is Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba’s fourth studio album, and the first to be released on the German label. Guests musicians include Samba Touré, Zoumana Tereta and Adama Yalomba from Mali. Ba Power is the follow-up to the Songlines Music Awards 2014 winning and critically acclaimed album, Jama Ko.

The album launch show takes place at London’s Scala on May 31. Tickets can be purchased here. Bassekou will also be playing at Wychwood Festival on May 30.

Ba Power will be reviewed in the June 2015 (#108) edition, on sale from May 1.

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Exclusive: Hanoi Masters Album Trailer

Posted on March 25th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


Watch an exclusive trailer for the upcoming album release that marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War

Hanoi Masters: War is a Wound, Peace is a Scar is the first part of a new series of releases from Glitterbeat Records titled Hidden Musics, which aims to highlight lesser-known music traditions from around the world. Produced by Grammy-award winning producer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Malawi Mouse Boys, The Good Ones), Hanoi Masters is a collection of mesmeric songs performed by elderly musicians who recall not just their own personal loss, but their whole country’s during the ‘American War.’

At the heart of the recordings is a sense of longing for what has been lost, even more potently felt when set against the backdrop of one of South-East Asia’s fastest growing economies still embattled with political and social discontent. ‘Let it suffice to say that these artists are a far cry from the lip-synching karaoke show that we saw on the local cable’ remarks Brennan. ‘These elders carry a haunting but muted sadness that seems only fully revealed through the music that they valiantly keep alive in the fact of industrialisation.

Hanoi Masters: War is a Wound, Peace is a Scar will be released on March 30. Pre-order your copy. Watch the trailer below.

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