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Now listen to this… Aziza Brahim, Anda Union and Joan Soriano

Posted on February 26th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines Towers we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world.
Check out our playlist of tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Aziza Brahim – ‘Lagi’
Aziza Brahim performs a stunning live take of the track from her album Soutak. Brahim is to appear on the cover of next issue (April 2016, #116).

 

Anda Union – ‘Hometown’
It’s been five years since the Mongolian band were a hit at WOMAD, but now they’re back and recently finished a tour of the UK, performing material from their forthcoming album, Jangar. This is a beautifully haunting song, full of horse-head fiddles (morin huur) and throat-singing (khöömei) that transports you to the grasslands of their Inner Mongolian home.

 

Joan Soriano – ‘Simplemente Amigos’
Bachata singer and guitarist Joan Soriano released his new album Me Decidí last year, his first solo effort in five years. ‘Simplemente Amigos’ is a delightful number from the album, and a reminder of why the musician’s music has been missed.

 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka – ‘Sangoma’
Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been one of the leading figureheads of the South African dance-pop scene for more than three decades. This groovy joint is a sped up version of the 1987 hit, discovered via Awesome Tapes from Africa.

 

Molotov Jukebox – ‘Neon Lights’
The exciting tropical fusion group Molotov Jukebox will release their second album, Tropical Gypsy, in April. ‘Neon Lights’, taken from their debut Carnival Flower, is an ode to the city of London.

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Now listen to this… Kefaya, Aziza Brahim and Fumaça Preta

Posted on February 12th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines Towers we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world.
Check out our playlist of tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Kefaya – ‘Indignados’
The London-based collective Kefaya (‘Enough’ in Arabic) who were a recent hit at Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. Looking forward to their debut album, Radio International, due for release this summer.


Aziza Brahim – ‘Calles de Dajla’

Saharawi singer Aziza Brahim releases her third album Abbar el Hamada next month – her first since 2014′s Soutak. ‘Calles de Dajla’ was announced on Glitterbeat Records’ official SoundCloud profile – a beautiful taster of what’s to come.


Fumaça Preta – ‘Fumaça Preta’

The track from their eponymous debut in 2014. The thrilling psychedelic rock band return with their new album Impuros Fanáticos in March.


Zeca Pagodinho – ‘Deixa a Vida Me Levar’

A delightful samba oldie about the appreciation of life, ‘Deixa a Vida Me Levar’ (Let Life Take Me) is the title-track on Brazilian musician Zeca Pagodinho’s 2002 album.


Bob Marley & The Wailers – ‘Buffalo Soldier’

Last Saturday would have been reggae legend Bob Marley’s 71st birthday. The anniversary sparked celebrations in his home country of Jamaica, who have hosted special concerts and charity events in his honour.

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Now listen to this… Shanren, The Gloaming and Sidestepper

Posted on January 29th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines Towers we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world. Check out our playlist of the latest tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Shanren – ‘Drinking Song’
Tying in with Carrie Gracie’s playlist in the new issue (March 2016, #115) is ‘Drinking Song’ by Chinese folk band Shanren. Minority drinking songs seem to be a bit of a theme this issue. The over-lit live performance is interlaced with fun animations.


The Gloaming – ‘Fáinleog (Wanderer)’

The second album by The Gloaming, 2, is out on February 26. Coinciding with the album’s release, the band will be performing at London’s Union Chapel.


Anchorsong – ‘Oriental Suite’

The Tokyo-born London-based producer merges his newfound appreciation for vintage West African music with his homeland for this track. Read the review of his new album Ceremonial in issue #116 (on sale March 4).


DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko – ‘Kumu’

DJ Khalab and Malian griot Baba Sissoko took home the Track of the Year accolade at the Worldwide Awards 2016 for ‘Tata’. This song is another taken from Khalab & Baba, released on Wonderwheel Recordings.


Sidestepper – ‘Supernatural Love’

Colombian cumbia group Sidestepper perform the title-track from their forthcoming album Supernatural Love in their home of Bogotá. Read more in the new issue (March 2016, #115).

 

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Now listen to this… Shye Ben Tzur, Slow Moving Clouds and Blick Bassy

Posted on December 11th, 2015 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines HQ we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world. Check out our playlist of the latest tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Shye Ben Tzur – ‘Dawn’
A track that predates his Junun work by a couple of years. Its video is a great watch with a particularly humorous introduction.

 

Blick Bassy – ‘Wap do Wap’
‘Wap do Wap’ is the third track on Cameroon singer-songwriter Blick Bassy’s newest album Akö (reviewed in #110). Short and sweet, it is a delightful tune backed by delicate horns and hushed vocals.

 

Slow Moving Clouds – ‘Devil’s Polska’
A track from the debut album by the Irish/Finnish collaboration, Slow Moving Clouds. The trio of cello, fiddle and nyckelharpa perform lush, atmospheric melodies – slow moving indeed! This track not quite so lethargic, but just as heavy and dark. Read a review of the album in next issue (#115, on sale January 29).

 

Ata Kak – ‘Daa Nyinaa’
The Ghanaian highlife/electronic icon kickstarted the popularity of Awesome Tapes from Africa, the cassette-digging brainchild of Brian Shimkovitz. Ata Kak will embark on his first-ever European tour this summer, which will include Field Day festival.

 

Seu Jorge – ‘Tive Razão’
The opening track from Brazilian musician Seu Jorge’s 2005 album Cru, ‘Tive Razão’ is a smooth acoustic romantic ballad with stripped down production and mellow melodies.

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