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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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Album Review | Top of the World | Kapela Maliszów – Inconceivable Mazurkas

Posted on November 1st, 2015 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Tim Cumming

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Romance-soaked waltzes Tom Waits would kill for

This is a real find: a remarkable family trio comprising Jan Malisz and his two children,12-year-old Zuzanna and 16-year-old Kacper, performing wildly kinetic mazurkas, polkas and the kind of haunted, lurching dances Tom Waits must dream of in his sleep. These are old tunes, remembered and recomposed from their source in the Pogórze region on the edge of the Caparthians – a pungent melting pot of Polish, Ukrainian, Jewish and Lemko cultures.

The trio debuted at WOMAD this year, their music powered by Jan, Kacper’s impressive and varied fiddle work, and Zuzanna’s raw and freshly cut voice. She plays cello as well as frame drums and homemade baraban drums, stoking the dances and the more free-form, improvisatory workouts with cross-cutting rhythms. Jan’s hurdy-gurdy and accordion add strong shafts of musical chiaroscuro to the picture. Five of the 16 tracks are traditional; there’s a fine set of polkas, slow and lopsided like a dangerous smile, alongside richly atmospheric originals from Jan and Kacper. Much like the way Leveret treat English dance tunes, Kapela Maliszów have marked deep tracks into some remarkably rich, borderless traditions from the edge of northern Europe – and with a strong urge to make it new. Packaging and artwork are also extremely distinctive, so don’t just download this one – it is an object you will want to own.

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Songlines at WOMAD Charlton Park 2015

Posted on October 27th, 2015 in Features, Live, Recent posts by .


Photo by Suzie Blake

We spoke with some of the great performers at WOMAD Charlton Park. 

In partnership with Recording Earth, we caught up with a few of the many artists on show.

Cheikh Lô

Following his performances across the weekend, Senegalese singer Cheikh Lô dropped by the Songlines stand to meet and greet his fans and the team.

Kapela Maliszów

The family trio Kapela Maliszów are currently taking Poland by storm. Despite the rain, the Malisz clan wowed the WOMAD crowd and dropped by to have a chat after their set.

Alhousseini Anivolla & Maarja Nuut

Estonian folk musician Maarja Nuut and guitarist Alhousseini Anivolla (of Etran Finatawa) joined together for an absorbing collaboration on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett stage.

Ngawang Lodup

Ngawang Lodup, a former Buddhist monk, has been on a fascinating journey since leaving his homeland of Tibet. Lodup was the first world music act to be included in the BBC Introducing scheme, and we couldn’t wait to catch up with him at WOMAD where he treated us to an exclusive live performance.

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WOMAD 2015: Our 10 Recommendations

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 in Features, Live, Recent posts by .



Criolo, photographed by Caroline Bittencourt

As the Songlines team get ready for the upcoming weekend, they share some of their recommendations

With mere hours between us and WOMAD festival, all of us at Songlines HQ cannot wait to get onsite for this celebration of world music. In anticipation, editor Jo Frost, deputy editor Alexandra Petropoulos, news editor Edward Craggs, contributor Alex de Lacey and intern Elicia Casey-Winter have selected the ten bands we’re most looking forward to this weekend.

And don’t forget that we have an unprecedented number of CD signings at the Songlines stands this weekend, so don’t miss your chance to say hello to some of your favourite artists – and Songlines team members! Find out more about Songlines at WOMAD.

Molotov Jukebox 
– Friday, Open Air Stage, 1pm
This band’s own brand of ‘tropical urban Gypsy’ music is sure to bring out the sunshine this weekend… even if only metaphorically. ECW

Kapela Maliszow
– Friday, BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, 2pm
This family trio – made up of father Jan Malisz, son Kacper and daughter Zuzanna – breathe a delightful new life into Polish traditional music, and all on homemade instruments! AP

– Friday, Big Red Tent, 3pm
These guys mix up Middle Eastern sounds with an urban flare while their lyrics call for freedom and equality; it’s danceable music with a conscience. AP

Totó la Momposina 
 Friday, Open Air Stage, 3pm
The doyenne of Afro-Colombian song makes a long-awaited return to the UK. JF

Tal National
 – Friday, Open Air Stage, 5pm
Looking forward to checking out this band and their alternative, Nigerien take on the desert blues sound. JF

– Friday, BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, 10:30pm
Lots of buzz about this French-Cuban sister duo and their hypnotic Cuban electronic mix, so keen to experience them live.  JF

 – Saturday, Open Air Stage, 3pm
Having rapidly become one of the most important musicians in Brazil, the São Paolo rapper’s hard-hitting lyrics and stage prowess are not to be missed. EC

Hannah Peel 
– Saturday, Bowers & Wilkins Sound System, 6pm
I first heard Hannah Peel sing at Green Man Festival in 2011 accompanied solely by her music box. Since then she’s released a solo album, two EPs, and collaborated on The Magnetic North’s project that celebrated the music of Orkney. ADL

The Very Best 
– Saturday, Big Red Tent, 7pm
I can’t think of a better way to kick-start Saturday evening than with the euphoric groove of this duo of Johan Hugo and Malawian Esau Mwamwaya. EC

Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor
 – Saturday, Open Air Stage, 9:30pm
This celebration of the elusive Nigerian funk maestro follows the rediscovery of his work on Who is William Onyeabor? released by David Byrne’s imprint Luaka Bop in 2013. Already confirmed to perform are legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd and American-Sudanese artist Sinkane, with a whole host of guests still to be announced! ADL

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