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Gipsy Kings and Ladysmith Black Mambazo share Grammy prize

Posted on January 27th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Gipsy Kings’ Savor Flamenco (Knitting Factory Records) and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Live: Singing for Peace Around the World  were chosen as joint winners in the Best World Music Album category at last night’s Grammy awards.

From a nominated field of four, the Gipsy Kings and legendary South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo shared the top prize. The two other nominations included Femi Kuti’s No Place for My Dream (another Knitting Factory release) and the late Ravi Shankar’s The Living Room Sessions Part 2 (East Meets West Music).

Nominated for a record sixth time in the Best World Music Album category, Gipsy Kings celebrated their 25th anniversary last year,  and their ninth studio album, Savor Flamenco, finally earned them the coveted music prize. Read our interview with the group in the Nov/Dec 2013 (#96) edition, where Savor Flamenco was also a Top of the World selection.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Live: Singing for Peace Around the World is dedicated to the late Nelson Mandela and proceeds of all albums purchased on their website will be donated to the former president’s charity, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. The award was the group’s fourth Grammy.

For the full list of winner’s visit the official Grammy website.


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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Posted on July 23rd, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Here at Songlines HQ, we thought if we compiled some of our favourite rainy day songs, we’d actually enjoy the weather and, dare we say it, appease the rain gods into leaving us alone this weekend…

Simon Broughton, Editor-in-chief
The brilliant ‘Sorutihudu Maniya Maligi’, the last song on Raghu Dixit’s album. A Sufi-inspired song that begins with a thunderclap, drops of rain on the guitar and says ‘The roof is leaking, the roof is leaking with ignorance…

Nathaniel Handy, News Editor
My big fave would have to be Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain?’ Springsteen plays it at every rain sodden one of his gigs, and it often does miraculously stop the rain!

Alexandra Petropoulos, Subscriptions Manager and Social Media Editor
I’ve recently come across the beautiful ‘Gu Qin’ by A Moving Sound based on a 11th century poem by Su Shi – ‘Don’t mind the rain beating on the leaves. Let’s walk slowly while humming a tune.’

Tatiana Rucinska, Listings Editor
Mine would be ‘Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain’ by Ladysmith Black Mambazo from the album Shaka Zulu


What are your favourite rainy day tracks? 

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Graceland 25 years on

Posted on April 9th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

Earlier in March, Paul Simon announced his triumphant return to the UK as part of the Hard Rock Calling festival in London’s Hyde Park on July 15. It was further revealed that to mark the 25th anniversary of 1986’s ground-breaking Graceland, Simon would be reunited on stage with Ladysmith Black Mambazo to play the record in its entirety along with a sprinkling of classic hits.

It is 25 years since the first sold-out Graceland tour at the Royal Albert Hall – a visit blighted by controversy surrounding Simon’s breaking of the ANC (African National Congress) cultural boycott of apartheid-era South Africa and legal disputes over musical credit and recognition on the album. Despite the initial opposition, Graceland went on to sell 14 million copies globally and is recognised as a seminal release that greatly influenced future cross-cultural music projects, whilst launching the careers of several featured artists, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

In addition to the tour, Simon will be releasing a special 25th anniversary edition of Graceland on June 5. Available in a number of forms including a collector’s edition box set containing a re-mastered original album, the Under African Skies documentary film with extended interviews, and the original 1987 African Concert from Zimbabwe. The box set also features the audio narrative The Story of ‘Graceland’ as told by Simon.

Supporting Paul Simon will also be the wonderful Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring renowned dobra player Jerry Douglas.

Below is a performance from 2007 of ‘Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes’ – a recreation of the classic performance from Saturday Night Live in 1986.

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