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Live | Musicport Festival returns, October 17-19

Posted on September 12th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Lo’Jo and Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita among the line-up for the 15th Musicport Festival

Situated on England’s glorious north-east coast in Whitby, Musicport is a unique indoor festival experience with a host of reputable musicians bringing its five stages to life.

Songlines Music Awards 2013 winners Lo’Jo will headline along with 2014 winners Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita. Other artists performing include Tunisian duo Amine & Hamza, British folk musician Lucy Ward and the ‘diva of the Sudanese desert,’ Amira Kheir.

Tickets for the entire weekend are priced at £95, while 11-18 year olds get half price entry and under-11s are free. Day-tickets are also available.

For tickets and more information, including a list of confirmed acts, visit or call 01947 603475.

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita perform ‘Bamba’ from Clychau Dibon

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Live | Shambala Festival 2014 begins next week

Posted on August 15th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Photography by Carolina Faruolo

Femi Kuti, Mulatu Astatke and Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita among the acts heading to Shambala this coming bank holiday weekend, August 21-24

Sequins, glitter and party hats on standby, we are ready to experience Shambala Festival (August 21-24) for the first time and become honorary Shambalans. Once again we will be hosting artist signings and meet-and-greets with acts playing across the weekend.

To find out more about the festival’s commitment to sustainability and passion for creativity, head over to the official website.

The event has sold out, however we have whipped together a playlist to give you a taste of what we’re looking forward to. Keep track of our Twitter and Facebook pages for all the latest shenanigans.

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The new August/September podcast is now available through iTunes

Posted on July 18th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


This podcast includes highlights from the August/September 2014 (#102) edition, opening with music by the award winning Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, our cover artists this issue.

Features: Andrew McGregor on the Corsican a capella group A Filetta, Peter Culshaw on Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha and Jo Frost with a report on Catrin & Seckou. Nathaniel Handy brings you the latest news with music by Les Ambassadeurs and more. The podcast ends with a track by Ibrahim Keivo from the Morgenland festival compilation CD.

The next Songlines podcast, featuring highlights from the October 2014 issue (#103), will be available from August 29 2014.

Download the podcast here.

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New issue (August/September, #102) on sale now!

Posted on July 18th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, DrakaBraka and A Filetta

The August/September 2014 (#102) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by BBC 6Music DJ and film director, Don Letts.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from bass-heavy Dub Colossus, Kinshasa collective Kasai Allstars and virtuoso Hungarians, Söndörgő.

This issue also includes…

• Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Jo Frost talks to the pair who have received international praise for their majestic blend of Welsh harp and West African kora.
• DakhaBrakha – Peter Culshaw travels to Kiev, Ukraine’s stricken capital, to talk to one of the leading players in the country’s now fertile scene.
• British Folk Art – As the Tate mounts a pioneering exhibition, we turn to British folk musicians for their highlights.
• Rwanda’s New Musical Identity – Twenty years on from the genocide, Jeppe Hedegaard discovers how today’s young Rwandan music industry is searching for a new identity.

• Beginner’s Guide to Corsican polyphonic ensemble, A Filetta, who are keeping this ancient form of singing alive.
• Festival Pass: Morgenland Festival, Germany.
• My World: A playlist and interview with Don Letts.
• Introducing… Noura Mint Seymali and Imed Alibi.
• Spotlight on Kasai Allstars.
• Quick Fire: Alan Bearman, Arthur Jeffes and Maz O’Connor.
• What’s New, including the return of Les Ambassadeurs, new radio programme Brasil Music Exchange and the Queen’s birthday honours.
• Cerys Matthews (MBE!) looks for the faint rays of sunlight through the disheartening world news.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and world cinema releases.

Buy the new issue here.

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