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Transcending boundaries: Iranian and Israeli collaboration

Posted on February 24th, 2017 in Recent posts by .


Music can transcend boundaries – even political ones, as proved by Iranian singer Golazin and Israeli pianist Idan Raichel

Music is powerful, as we explore in our special issue this month. It can provide courage, give voice to those who otherwise may not be heard, and serve as a poignant celebration of culture. It has the power to transcend physical, social and cultural boundaries, as evident in the story of a collaboration between Israeli pianist and songwriter Idan Raichel and Iranian singer Golazin.

Given the strained political relationship between Iran and Israel, Golazin’s request to cover Raichel’s ‘Sabe Deus’ with lyrics in Farsi was an intriguing one. Raichel originally recorded the song with Portuguese singer Ana Moura for the album Quarter to Six, with lyrics in Hebrew and Portuguese. Watch Golazin’s powerful cover and accompanying video here:

Golazin, who came to London in 2006 to pursue her singing career, says she aimed to portray a ‘journey of love’ through the song, from darkness and hatred, to freedom and happiness. Since the cover’s release, Raichel has invited Golazin to join him on stage at his London performances.

This story provides a clear example of music transcending barriers and bringing people together towards one goal – to create art. What promises to be a touching and symbolically significant performance will take place on February 26 and 27 at 229 The Venue, London.

Listen to Idan Raichel and Ana Moura’s original version here:


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New issue (Nov/Dec, #104) on sale now!

Posted on October 10th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Tony Allen & Orlando Julius, Idan Raichel and Kassé Mady Diabaté

The November/December 2014 (#104) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 16-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by Inspector Rebus author Ian Rankin.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Kathryn Tickell & The Side and Bangalore singer/songwriter Raghu Dixit, plus a track from Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen’s critically acclaimed new album Film of Life. We’ve also thrown in a 15-track bonus CD of music from Galicia for your listening pleasure.

This issue also includes…

• Giants of Afrobeat – Nigel Williamson talks to the two under-appreciated pioneers of Afrobeat, Tony Allen and Orlando Julius. Both are celebrating their 50-year career in the autumn with the release of their respective albums, Film of Life and Jaiyede Afro.
• Idan Raichel – Simon Broughton speaks to the prolific collaborator about working with Vieux Farka Touré and what it means to be an Israeli musician.
• Jyotsna Srikanth – The South Indian violinist speaks to Tim Woodall about her mission to highlight her Karnatic heritage and her journey so far.
• Kassé Mady Diabaté  – The Malian jeli or praise singer speaks to Daniel Brown prior to the release of his widley anticipated new album, recorded during a time of continuing uncertainty in his homeland.
• Anna Phoebe – Alexandra Petropolous talks to the violinist who has played with some of prog rock’s greatest about how she’s transformed from head-banging rocker to sophisticated fusionista.

• Beginner’s Guide to Rubén Blades: Chris Moss surveys the extraordinary career of the salsa superstar.
• Festival Pass: Timitar Festival, Agadir, Morocco.
• My World: A playlist and interview with best-selling novelist, Ian Rankin.
• Introducing… Namvula and Shammi Pithia.
• Spotlight on Ami Koita.
• Quick Fire: Jane Harbour, Dave Smith and Baqir Abbas.
• What’s New, including the release of Robert Plant’s new album and the 15th year of the WOMEX awards.
• Cerys Matthews reflects on the power of poetry and music, and delves into the world of Dylan Thomas.
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.

Buy the new issue here.

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New Issue Preview | November/December #104

Posted on October 8th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Fela Kuti is synonymous with Afrobeat, but there are two other underappreciated pioneers of the genre. In the new issue, Nigel Williamson speaks to Tony Allen and Orlando Julius, both celebrating 50-year careers this autumn with new albums.

The free exclusive 16-track covermount CD includes ten tracks from our Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by best-selling novelist Ian Rankin. This issue also comes with a bonus sampler CD, featuring 15 fine tunes from Galicia, Spain.

In the new issue, there are also features on the revered Malian jeli (praise singer) Kassé Mady Diabaté; Israeli musician Idan Raichel on working with Vieux Farka Touré; a Beginner’s Guide to salsa superstar Rubén Blades; our Essential 10 Afrobeat albums, plus our extensive CD, book and world cinema review sections.

On sale in the UK from October 10. Click here to purchase your copy now.


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March 2014: Top 10 UK live events

Posted on February 28th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

There are so many fantastic concerts going on this March that we’ve compiled a list of the top ten to help make sure you don’t out of this month’s best shows.

Idan Raichel          


The Israeli songwriter – who has worked with an incredible array of artists in the past, including Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré (pictured above) – is visiting London for a one-off special gig, showcasing music from his new album Quarter to Six. He is known for his unique fusion of Arabic and Ethiopian musics and electronics, however this intimate show will see him perform his works on the piano in the manner in which he composed them in Israel.

Where & When: KOKO, London, March 2. More info.

Reflection of Silence: Flavours of Iranian and Kurdish Music


This creative improvisation sees four artists of varying backgrounds collaborating for an exciting evening of Persian and Kurdish music. Tara Jaff (pictured), the Iraqi-Kurdish harpist and singer will be joined by Iranian guitarist Pouya Mahmoudi, setar maestro Mehdi Rostami, and Adib Rostami (tombak and kamancheh).

Where & When: Kings Place, London, March 8. More info.

Sidi Touré


Featured in this month’s issue of Songlines (#98), Sidi Touré will be touring the UK playing songs from this new album Alafia. Hailing from Gao, Mali, he has rapidly become an important artist and representative of Songhai culture.  The bluesman will be playing three dates across the country.

Where & When: The Forge, London, March 14; Komedia, Brighton, March 18; Old Town Hall, Gateshead, March 15. More info.

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba


The Malian ngoni star and his band will tour the UK this March. His most recent album Jama Ko was voted as one of Songlines’ Best Albums of 2013, so don’t miss the chance to see him live.

Where & When: Across the UK, March 11-20. More info.

The Elizabethan Session


Some of the best artists of the British folk scene are living together for a week in a rural retreat, writing music inspired by the Elizabethan period. This exciting event shall see the fruits of their labours. The session will feature Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Jim Moray, Bella Hardy, John Smith, Emily Askew, Rachel Newton and Hannah James.

Where & When: The Old Palace, Hatfield House, March 20; Cecil Sharp House, London, March 22. More info.

Juan Martin


Virtuoso spanish guitarist Juan Martin is touring a spectacular show this March with his Flamenco Dance Ensemble. He shall also be accompanied by singer Amparo Heredia for his dates with the ensemble.

Where & When: Across the UK, March 2, 26 (solo); March 7-18 (ensemble). More info.



Photo: Marie Planeille

Following the release of their seventh studio album Emmaar, Tinariwen will play two very special dates at London’s Village Underground this March. They shall also perform at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival this coming May.

Where & When: Village Underground, London March 6 & 7. More info.

Damned Nations


The collaborative project between Nuba Nour and Welsh musicians Sian James, and Gwyn Jones is travelling throughout England and Wales this March. These artists – united by their shared status as minority cultures – worked together on the album DamNation at the Rockfeld studios, which is due to be released in May.

Where & When: Across the UK, March 1-21

Salsa Celtica Tour 


The Scottish-Latin big band released their sixth album The Tall Islands this February, and are touring the UK with their unique blend of Afro-Latin salsa and Scottish folk.

Where & When: Across the UK, March 6-30. More info.

Flamenco Festival


This year sees the 11th edition of this fantastic annual celebration of flamenco in London. Featuring a debut from Ángel Muñoz – who has collaborated with the legendary Flamenco guitarist Paco Peña – the festival also sees appearances from Farruqito, Miguel Poveda and Sara Baras.

Where & When: Sadler’s Wells, March 1-15. More info.


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