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New issue (March 2016) on sale now!

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

March (#115) Edition

Spanish singer Buika; Irish-American group The Gloaming; Burkina Faso hip-hop artist Smockey; Colombian electro-cumbia pioneers Sidestepper; and veteran English folk duo Show of Hands

The March (#115) 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’s China editor Carrie Gracie.

This issue also comes with bonus CD, Polish Radio Folk Festival, which includes 16 free tracks by the finest Polish acts who have performed at the event since its inception in 1998.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, Grammy-Award winning band Grupo Fantasma and Iranian singer Mamak Khadem.

Features 
• Buika – We talk to the singer about the music she discovered after confronting her fears.
• The Gloaming – The Irish-American five-piece talk about their forthcoming second album.
• Sidestepper – The Colombian group return with a fresh new sound on their latest album.
Show of Hands – We speak to the Englis
h folk stalwarts about the people behind their songs.
Smockey – Bram Posthumus finds out how the artist used reggae and rap to change Burkina Faso’s political course.

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Regulars

• Beginner’s Guide to The Chieftains.
• My World: A playlist and interview with BBC China editor Carrie Gracie.
• Postcard from Alter do Chão, Brazil.
• Introducing… Imarhan and Dubioza Kolektiv.
• Spotlight on The Other Classical Musics.
• Quickfire: Jane Beese, Nolwenn Leroy and James Yorkston.
• What’s New, including the upcoming Red Cross benefit album The Long Road; Mali’s Festival on the Niger; Sandblast’s benefit concert at London’s Bolivar Hall; and the Zaatari refugees.
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.

Buy the new issue here.

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Top of the World March 2016

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

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the March (#115) issue.

Baaba Maal - The Traveller Cover

Baaba Maal
The Traveller (Marathon Artists)
Baaba Maal returns with his first album in seven years. The Traveller is a career highlight and an exhilarating summation of his life in which his activism and music are seamlessly intertwined. Read our review.

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Grupo Fantasma - Problemas Cover

Grupo Fantasma
Problemas (Blue Corn Music)
The Austin-based nine-piece take on a new approach to recording here; the songs have a new-found sheen and are an entertaining mix of funk, urban groove, rap and Latin pop-rock.

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Mamak Khadem - The Road Cover

Mamak Khadem
The Road (Innova)
Despite an undeservingly understated career, the Iranian singer’s third album showcases stunning vocals and various musical influences, from the Middle East to Eastern Europe.

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Show of Hands - The Long Way Home Cover

Show of Hands
The Long Way Home (Hands On Music)
Respected folk act duo Show of Hands mark the new year with a new album, continuing a long run of two decades’ worth of solid material.

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Lost (GFR)
Via the combination of Gaelic wire-strung and concert harps and various electronic elements, Graham Fitkin and Ruth Wall create a suspenseful, yet reserved and cohesive album.

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Vesevo
Vesevo (Agualoca Records)
The Neapolitan trio provide a unique and contemporary take on southern Italy’s traditional songs and dances, utilising catchy rhythms and strong harmonies across nine tracks.

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Smockey - Prevolution Cover

Smockey
Pre’volution: Le Président, Ma Moto et Moi (Outhere Records)
The hip-hop artist from Burkina Faso releases his new album, made in the midst of political unrest and revolution in his home country.

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Sidestepper - Supernatural Love Cover

Sidestepper
Supernatural Love (Real World)
The electro-cumbia pioneers from Colombia explore the overlooked traditions of the country’s African music. The result is a calm, collected and cool celebration of musical culture.

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Čači Vorba
Šatrika (Oriente Musik)
Fronted by the excellent fiddle player and vocalist Maria Natanson, the Polish group exhibit inventive arrangements and striking vocals on a distinctive collection of songs of Romani origin.

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Pagoda Project
Clarion (Sylvafield)
A meeting between two artists from two different musical backgrounds results in one of this year’s most relaxing and pleasurable listens. A carefully crafted and thoughtful album.

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New issue preview: March (#115)

Posted on January 15th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

March (#115) Edition

Living Without Fear; Buika speaks to Alex Robinson about the music she discovered when she confronted her fears and found freedom from the expectations of what she was meant to be

Other features include Colombian band Sidestepper, who talk about the fresh sound of their latest album Supernatural Love; English folk duo Show of Hands chat about the people behind the songs on their new album; we find out how rap and reggae changed the political course of Burkina Faso; plus the latest CD, book and world cinema reviews to get stuck into.

The issue’s Top of the World covermount CD includes brand new tracks from Baaba Maal, Grupo Fantasma and Smockey, plus an exclusive playlist from BBC’s China editor Carrie Gracie, who talks about the sadly under-appreciated folk music traditions in China, the natural and cultural beauty of Tibet and her Scottish heritage.

This issue also includes a bonus CD showcasing some of the finest Polish folk acts to have been associated with the New Tradition Polish Radio Folk Festival since its inception in 1998.

The issue is on sale in the UK from January 29. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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