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Songlines YouTube Playlist #99

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


Now that you’ve read all about the music featured in the latest issue of Songlines, don’t forget you can also watch and listen to it on our YouTube playlist, which we compile every issue for your viewing pleasure. You can find the full playlist here.

Here are a few of this issue’s highlights:

Julie Fowlis
Jo Frost chats to Gaelic music’s new poster girl about singing for Disney and the future of Gaelic culture.

Malawi Mouse Boys
Malawi’s rising stars discuss the importance of God, mice and music.

Habib Koité
The Malian singer opens up about his nation’s socio-political reconstruction.

Maurice El Médioni
Max Reinhardt looks back at the multifarious life and career of the legendary Algerian boogie-woogie pianist who will turn 86 this year.

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The new April/May podcast is now available through iTunes

Posted on March 14th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .

SL99PodcastImageThis podcast includes highlights from the April/May 2014 issue of Songlines (#99), opening with music from the new album by Julie Fowlis, our cover artist this issue. Songlines editor-in-chief, Simon Broughton, plays a track by Osvaldo Pugliese, a bonus track chosen by Richard Alston as part of his playlist this issue.

There is also music from the bonus CD accompanying this issue – Førde Traditional and World Music Festival sampler celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Features: Jo Frost on Julie Fowlis, Nasim Masoud announces the nominees for the Songlines Music Awards 2014 and Max Reinhardt on Maurice El Medioni. Nathaniel Handy brings you the latest news with music by Aidan O’Rourke and more. The podcast ends with a track by new band Ibibio Sound Machine followed by music from She’Koyokh’s new album.

The next Songlines podcast, featuring highlights from the June 2014 issue (our special 100th edition), will be available from April 25 2014.

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New issue (April/May 2014, #99) out now!

Posted on March 14th, 2014 in Recent posts by .

Cover-fan-buy-web_NoBuyNow99Julie Fowlis, Maurice El Médioni and the Songlines Music Awards 2014 Nominees

The April/May 2014 issue of Songlines (#99) is on sale in the UK from today. The issue includes our regular Top of the World CD featuring ten tracks from the finest new global releases as well as five tracks chosen by British choreographer, Richard Alston.

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from fiery Scottish-Latin big band Salsa Celtica, Gaelic’s golden girl Julie Fowlis and Malawian mice-sellers, Malawi Mouse Boys.

This issue’s bonus CD is a 15-track sampler featuring artists playing at this year’s Førde Traditional and World Music Festival, including Ana Moura, Bassekou Kouyaté and Taraf de Haidouks.

This issue also includes…



Songlines Music Awards 2014 Nominees – We present this year’s 16 nominees, as voted by you.
• Julie Fowlis – Gaelic music’s brightest star releases a new album.
• Maurice El Médioni – The multifarious life of Algeria’s boogie-woogie maestro.
• Habib Koité – The Malian singer and guitarist talks about his new album and the crisis in his home country.
• Malawi Mouse Boys – Three things are integral to their lives – God, music and music.
• She’Koyokh – London’s best Balkan and klezmer band talks to Simon Broughton about their latest release.

• Beginner’s Guide to the remarkable life and music of Austrian Aboriginal singer Archie Roach.
• Festival Pass to the Fes Festival of Sacred Music in Morocco.
• My World: a playlist and interview with renowned British dance choreographer Richard Alston.
• Introducing… Ibibio Sound Machine and Tcha Limberger.
• Spotlight on La Linea, London’s Latin music festival.
• Quick Fire: Mor Karbasi, Dan Walsh, Marinah.
• What’s new, including the 15th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and marking the 50th anniversary since the seminal folk music Radio Ballad series came to an end.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD, book and world cinema releases.

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Celebrating Sanctuary London on the South Bank

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

To kick off this year’s Refugee Week (June 18-24), Celebrating Sanctuary London once again returns to the capital on Sunday, June 17. 

The annual free festival celebrates the art of refugee communities in the UK and aims to celebrate the contribution of refugees within the country, and further encourage better understanding between communities.

The annual multi-art form free festival regularly attracts over 25,000 people, so be sure to get there early. It’s a one day festival splashing a profusion of new talent across its three stages, pulsating with the sounds of live music, the flow of the spoken word, the sizzle of food and the rhythms of dance – the cultural fruits of sanctuary. 


Headlining acts include:

Eska (Zimbabwe/UK) – Gifted composer and the voice that fronts Matthew Herbert and the Cinematic Orchestra

Elysian Quartet (UK) and Maya Youssef (UK/Syria) – Contemporary classical British string quartet meets virtuoso qanun

Jose Hernando Noguera and Angelica Lopez (Colombia/UK) – A BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy collaboration of vallenata-style accordion and vocals

Sam Lee (UK/Jewish) – the Nu-Folk sensation will be launching his debut album ‘Ground Of Its Own’ and collaborating with Algerian virtuosos Yazid Fentazi and Karim Dellali

Plus Jeremy Hardy, subversive stand-up comedian and star of BBC Radio 4′s Newsquiz; Cerys Matthews, BBC 6music broadcaster and Songlines columnist; Lemn Sissay, playwright and poet (the official 2012 Olympics Poet), and Tanya Auclair (UK/Rwanda), the oh-so-soulful one woman band.


If for any reason you are not able to attend Celebrating Sanctuary, on the following Friday (June 22) at the V&A, there is a ‘North Africa and the Middle East meet Europe’ event inspired by Casablanca between 6-10pm. Jewish-Algerian pianist Maurice El Médioni will be joined by Songlines Music Awards 2012 nominee Khyam Allami, Palestinian singer Reem Kelani, Bruno Heinen and Sierra Leonean born Alex Wilson.

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