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10th Worldwide Music Awards 2015, January 17

Posted on December 16th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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Gilles Peterson’s annual music celebration returns to London’s KOKO on January 17 with performances from Orlando Julius*, The Heliocentrics and Clap! Clap!

*Orlando Julius has had to unfortunately pull out of his UK trip.

Now in its tenth year, the Worldwide Awards is a celebration of the finest emerging talent and an opportunity to re-introduce veterans of the scene. BBC 6Music presenter and Brownswood Records founder, Gilles Peterson, continues to be a purveyor of new global sounds and the eight-hour awards show is an opportunity to champion the best artists from the past year.

Notable performances at this year’s show include Afrobeat pioneer Orlando Julius & the Heliocentrics, whose Jaiyede Afro was a Top of the World in issue #103, and Italian producer Clap! Clap! whose use of field-recording sampling and signature percussive drive culminated in one of 2014’s best albums. Other artists include renowned saxophonist Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) and Brooklyn-based producer Taylor McFerrin.

There is also a public vote to decide the Album of the Year and The Footpatrol Track of the Year accolades. Register your vote here. Tickets for the event and more information can be found at www.gillespetersonworldwide.com.


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The Songlines Essential 10: Afrobeat Albums

Posted on November 21st, 2014 in Recent posts by .

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Afrobeat is seeing something of a resurgence – with the release of a Fela documentary and new albums from two of the genre’s greats. Max Reinhardt gets into the groove and highlights ten of the best albums.

Click here to stream the full playlist.

Tony Allen – Film of Life (Jazz Village, 2014)
Tony Allen’s unique ‘highlife meets hard bop meets funk’ drum patterns underpinned and inspired Fela’s Afrobeat. This latest album finds Allen still an unstoppable force of rhythmic genius in his mid-70s. To quote my review in this issue: ‘an instantly enticing nu-Afrobeat groove, in which funky horns, squelchy synths, repetitive guitar and even ukulele catch you in a compelling slipstream’.

Antibalas – Antibalas (Daptone, 2012)
One of the finest fruits of Fela’s posthumous Afrobeat realm. From 1998 onwards, baritone saxophonist Martin Perna’s Brooklyn-based Conjunto Antibalas live the music, the sonics, the rhythms and the politics of Afrobeat. This CD is an eruption of tuff, brilliant songs, deliriously powerful playing and potent vocals from Amayo. Reviewed in #87.

The Fontanelles – Horns of Freedom (First Word Records, 2013)
The band that grew out of the onstage musicians for the London run of Fela! The Musical. This debut is an instrumental Afrobeat tour de force with a pile driving jazzy edge, to which they’ve added Caribbean and swinging Addis grooves. Its many highlights include ‘Afrocat’, ‘Pinprick’ and ‘Horns of Freedom’. Reviewed in #98.

Alhaji K Frimpong – Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’awu! (Ofo Brothers, 1976)
This album from Alhaji K Frimpong and his Cubano Fiestas is a mid-70s Ghanaian gem clearly influenced by Afrobeat grooves and rhythms though still very much a late period jazzy highlife album. ‘Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’awu!’ itself remains a dance floor classic.

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics – Jaiyede Afro (Strut Records, 2014)
Until Fela’s return from the US in 1970, Orlando Julius and his Afro-funk tunes were the summit of cool for young Lagosians. Then Fela’s Afrobeat, non-stop struggle and legend eclipsed Orlando for decades, but this album is his finest hour. In the company of London’s funky jazztronicists, The Heliocentrics, he creates an Afrobeat sound that you want to climb inside for a week at a time. Reviewed in #103.

Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 – Expensive Shit/He Miss Road (Knitting Factory Records, 2013)
An explosive, musical and lyrical Fela peak, this is the CD reissue of two of his early 70s vinyls. Originally, the scatological, subversive Afrobeat classic Expensive Shit was backed with the haunting metaphysics and beautiful melody of ‘Water Get No Enemy’, while He Miss Road’s three tracks include the portrait of his city ‘Monday Morning Lagos’ and Tony Allen’s polyrhythmic tour de force ‘It’s No Possible’.

Femi Kuti – Shoki Shoki (Barclay, 1998)
This is the fourth album by Fela’s oldest son Femi, who over the last 25 years of non-stop touring has been keeping the flame of Fela’s legacy burning. This is probably his most memorable set of songs, from the sex with a smile on its face of the track ‘Beng Beng Beng’ to the accusatory ‘Sorry Sorry’.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – A Long Way to the Beginning (Knitting Factory Records, 2014)
Seun’s angriest, most fiery album to date, leading the band he inherited from his father when just 14 years old. His ever improving voice, even wittier lyrics (‘lMF’) and catchier tunes (ragged highlife wonder ‘Ohun Aiye’), production by Robert Glasper and guest stars like Nneka, M1 and Blitz the Ambassador, make this a heady brew. Reviewed in #100.

Dele Sosimi – Identity (Helico Records, 2007)
Dele really is London’s Afrobeat catalyst. He learned keyboards from Fela himself, played with Egypt 80 for seven years, became their arranger and musical director and then did the same with Femi into the 90s. The complex but compelling arrangements of Identity, its songwriting and funkiest of keyboards, all testify to Dele’s finely honed skills and unstoppable dynamism. Reviewed in #55.

Various Artists – Red Hot + Fela (Knitting Factory Records, 2013)
A razor-sharp fundraising tool for AIDS awareness that also traces the spread of Fela awareness within the international musical community. The first album, Red Hot + Riot (2002), featured producer and activist Andres Levin at the controls and highlighted Fela’s compositional genius in the hands of a huge cast including Nile Rodgers, Baaba Maal, and Macy Gray. This follow-up moves further out and sweeps luminaries like Kronos Quartet, My Morning Jacket and Spoek Mathambo into the fold. Reviewed in #97.

Who did we miss? Write and let us know, letters@songlines.co.uk.

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

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

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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…

Features 
• 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.

Regulars
• 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 .

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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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