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Songlines Best Albums of 2016

Posted on November 24th, 2016 in News, Recent posts, Reviews by .

Best Albums 2016

Songlines’ editors Jo Frost and Simon Broughton select their favourite albums of 2016

Jo Frost and Simon Broughton have handpicked their ten favourite albums of the year from over 700 featured reviews. These are the albums they found themselves returning to over and over, and the discs that made a lasting impression. Here are their choices for year’s greatest albums, but be sure to pick up a copy of the new issue (January/February 2017, #124), on sale December 9, for a full rundown.  

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Anda Union  – Homeland
(Hohhot Records, will be reviewed in #124)
These are distinguished songs about nature, history and identity from this nine-strong Inner Mongolian group, featuring horse head fiddles and growly throat singing.

Bollywood Brass Band & Jyotsna Srikanth – Carnatic Connection
(Bollywood Brass Band, will be reviewed in #124)
An energetic and cinematic journey south, with fuel provided by Jyotsna Srikanth’s Karnatic violin. Renditions of AR Rahman compositions appear alongside South Indian musical gems.

Calypso Rose – Far from Home
(Because Music, reviewed in #120)

With the help of Manu Chao, the Calypso queen represents her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, covering a range of social and political issues with a contemporary Caribbean flair.

Roberto Fonseca – ABUC
(Impulse!, reviewed in #123)
A raucous, dizzying journey back and forth through Fonseca’s Afro-Cuban musical heritage. An ambitious and convincing offering from the young maestro.

Derek Gripper – Libraries on Fire
(Derek Gripper, reviewed in #119)
With great aplomb, the South African takes on the compositions of the great 21-stringed kora players on his classical guitar. Gripper’s delicate transcriptions deliver beautiful results.

Kefaya – Radio International
(Radio International Records, reviewed in #122)
This debut album fizzes with the energy of the international collective’s acclaimed live shows and is hard hitting with its political commentary.

Lakou Mizik – Wa Di Yo
(Cumbancha, reviewed in #117)
Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope.

Leyla McCalla – A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey
(Jazz Village, reviewed in #119)
An outstanding sophomore album from the young cellist and banjo player. Three years on from her stellar debut, McCalla once again draws from her Haitian heritage and Creole influences.

Vaudou Game – Kidayú
(Hot Casa Records, reviewed in #122)
Vaudou Game take a magpie-like approach to African music styles, uniquely blending Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz and highlife for an album that is unpredictable and fresh from start to finish.

Various Artists, featuring Musicians of the Calais ‘Jungle’ – The Calais Sessions
(Sessions of the World, will be reviewed in #124)
An extraordinarily and moving collaborative album. The resilient testament to the human spirit will reduce you to tears, but also uplift your heart.


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New issue (December 2016) on sale now!

Posted on November 4th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

Songlines Magazine December 2016

Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, English folk trio Lady Maisery, Tunisian oud player Dhafer Youssef, a history of the West African balafon, cellist Vincent Segal, Katie Melua’s guest playlist and more

The December (#123) issue is on sale in the UK from today. This edition’s free Top of the World compilation CD includes tracks from the best new albums reviewed in the issue and an exclusive guest playlist from Georgian-British singer Katie Melua.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are tracks from Parisian collective Acid Arab, Sudanese-American singer Alsarah and her Nubatones and master Chinese guzheng player Mei Han. 

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Roberto Fonseca


Roberto Fonseca – The Cuban pianist celebrates his country’s rich musical history
Lady Maisery – The English folk trio sing about the cycle of life
Instruments Reimagined – Instruments designed as everyday objects
Dhafer Youssef – The Tunisian oud player inspired by Syria
Tools of the Trade – The history of the West African balafon




The Ukrainians – We raise a glass to the British collective who have championed Ukrainian music for the last 25 years
Katie Melua – “There’s no other singing like it. It takes me to another place and gives me the chills.” We speak to the Georgian-British singer and uncover her musical interests
Vincent Segal – The French cellist describes how his instrument is his sanctuary and refuge

PLUS! Reviews of the latest CD and world cinema releases.

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April 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on April 1st, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

We’ve compiled a list of the top ten concerts happening this April to help make sure you don’t miss out on this month’s best shows.

Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80

The youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti plays a one-off gig in London in support of his new album A Long Way to the Beginning. Co-produced by Robert Glasper the new album features powerful songs including a piece confronting the IMF’s involvement in Nigeria, and an ode to his grandmother, ‘Black Woman’. Expect to hear these and more at this very special concert. 

Where & When: Village Underground, London, April 2. More info.


Julie Fowlis

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Our current cover star will tour the UK this spring. Having recently finished toured with The Transatlantic Sessions, the Gaelic songstress will play four dates in April, and a further three in May. Her album Gach Sgeul – Every Story is a Top of the World in the current issue, too. This is not to be missed!

Where & When: Across the UK, April  8-May 27. More info.


Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyaté


The glorious combination of multi-talented beatboxer/singer/guitarist Joe Driscoll and Guinean kora player Sekou Kouyaté will tour the UK this April. Their album Faya was nominated for the Cross-Cultural Collaboration award in the 2013 Songlines Music Awards, and their live show is set to be an explosive affair.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 4-27. More info.



Music from the cultural melting pot of Victoria Falls.

Hot off the heels of their incredible performance at the Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert last December, Mokoomba return to the UK with their live show. The Zimbabwean band were winners of the Newcomer award in the 2013 Songlines Music Awards with Rising Tide.

Where & When: Across the UK, March 30-April 13. More info.




London-based klezmer band She’Koyokh head further afield and play dates in Norwich and Cambridge this April. They are fronted by Çiğdem Aslan, who has been nominated for Best Artist as part of this year’s Songlines music Awards. The winners willl be announced in out 100th issue (on sale April 25).

Where & When: Norwich Arts Centre, April 25 & Clare Hall, Cambridge April 26.


Roberto Fonseca + Family Atlantica


Legendary Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca will play a special one-off show at London’s KOKO this April, with support from Songlines favourites Family Atlantica.

Where & When: KOKO, London, April 8. More info.




The 11-piece folk heavyweights recently picked up the award for Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for their album Broadside, and will play two dates this April.

Where & When: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, April 19 & Royal Albert Hall, London, April 20.


Ed Motta


The Brazilian multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter will tour as part of the La Linea Latin Music Festival Tour. He will be playing tracks from his new album AOR, and  support will come from the talented cellist Dom La Nena.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 3-9, with more dates to be announced. More info.


Christy Moore


Christy Moore is playing six dates across the UK this April, with a full tour of Ireland in May. The founding member of Moving Hearts, released Where I Come From last year – 45 years after his debut – and he’s showing no signs of letting up soon.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 10-18. More info.


Steve Knightley


The Southampton born songwriter – and member of Show of Hands – starts a four-month tour, which will included an appearance at Larmer Tree Festival in July, this April.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 2-30. More info.





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La Linea 2014 announces line-up

Posted on February 13th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


La Linea, the London Latin Music Festival, returns once again this spring – April 3-May 2 – with another stellar line-up featuring Gaby Moreno, Ed Motta, Roberto Fonseca and more.

Founded in 2001, ¡Como No! have succeeded in bringing the very best Latin music artists to the capital; Mala Rodríguez, Madredeus and Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club are just some of the big names to have performed in the past.

On April 4 Rich Mix, in the heart of London’s East End, welcomes Guatemalen singer-songwriter and 2013 Latin Grammy winner, Gaby Moreno. This year’s Grammy nominee Roberto Fonseca (Buena Vista Social Club) brings his blend of Afro-Cuban jazz to KOKO on April 8, with support from London’s very own Family Atlantica.

This year’s full line-up:

April 3, Concrete
Karol Conka featuring Lady Chann + Mr Bongo Brazilian Beats DJs
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April 4, Rich Mix
Gaby Moreno
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April 4, Union Chapel
London Community Gospel Choir featuring Omar Puente and his band
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April 6, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room
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April 7, Union Chapel
Ed Motta + Dom La Nena
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April 8, KOKO
Roberto Fonseca + Family Atlantica
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April 10, Rich Mix
Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfrobeat featuring Dele Sosimi
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April 11, Rich Mix
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May 2, Electric Brixton
Grupo Niche + DJs Johnny G, Julian Mr M, Fercho KBson
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Highlights of La Linea 2013:


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