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WOMAD 2013 at the Songlines stand

Posted on August 2nd, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .


Yet another wonderful weekend in Malmesbury

Songlines rounded off its busy festival run at WOMAD Charlton Park, our fifteenth year at the event. Once again we were treated to a fine mixture of good weather and even better music. 

Highlights for the team include Mokoomba‘s spirited performance on the Sunday evening (coordinated dancing included); percussion master Mohammad Reza Mortazavi on the Charlie Gillett stage (video below) and Malawi Mouse Boys kicking off Saturday to a packed, joyous audience. 

We also had the pleasure of hosting two of our favourite current acts at the main Songlines stand. Family Atlantica and David Wax Museum, both recent Top of the World selections, treated us to an acoustic performance each. Keep an eye out for a video of David Wax Museum.


Read Editor-in-Chief Simon Broughton’s review of WOMAD at the Evening Standard, and look out for our full coverage of the event in the next issue (Oct, #95) available on August 30.  

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July 2013 issue of Songlines (#93) is on sale in the UK from today

Posted on June 5th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Mick Jagger’s playlist, Etran Finatawa and the Top 25 Mali Albums

The July 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from June 7 and as well as our regular Top of the World CD, with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet, the CD also includes five tracks selected by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. 

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from sitar maestro Ravi Shankar; Songhai bluesman Samba Touré; Ladino revivalists Los Desterrados; indie-folk duo David Wax Museum; the heir to the Afro-beat throne Femi Kuti; and The Hot 8 Brass Band from Louisiana.

There is also a bonus CD, which features a varied selection of mugham tracks to accompany our feature on the intriguing classical music of Azerbaijan.




The magazine also includes:


• Top 25 Mali Albums – Our countdown of the best albums from Africa’s musical powerhouse.
• Nynke – The unique and stylish singer who introduced the world to Frisian fado talks about her new release. 
• Guide to Mugham from Azerbaijan – Everything you need to know about the artists and history of this fiery Azerbaijani classical music.
• Etran Finatawa – Lead singer Alhous talks about the troubled Sahel region and the band’s new album, recorded in the desert.

• Beginner’s Guide to Irakere, Cuba’s famous jazz-fusion combo
• Postcard from Warsaw
• Backpage from Marseille, this year’s European Capital of Culture
• My World: a playlist and interview with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger
• Grooves: the singer for ‘little orchestra’ China Forbes, Malian guitarist and bluesman Samba Touré; and Kenyan musical heavyweights Charles Owoko & Joseph Nyamungu
• News, including Korea’s intangible treasures and the highly anticipated Fes Festival
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases

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On the Stereo at Songlines HQ

Posted on April 23rd, 2013 in Recent posts by .

A selection of the current listening habits of the Songlines team

Simon Broughton (Editor-in-chief)
I’m just back from the Czech Republic, and I’ve been listening to the music of a young Moravian fiddler Petr Mička on the Indies label. He’s from Horňácko on the Slovak border, where the best Moravian music comes from.  Track 17 – ‘Janku náš, Janku náš’


Matt Milton (Editor)
Billy Bragg’s ‘Handyman Blues’: a country song about being hopeless at DIY.


Alexandra Petropoulos (Assistant editor)
I’ve been listening to Clinton Fearon’s latest album, Heart and Soul, which is the perfect soundtrack to these rare moments of sunshine we seem to be having.


Edward Craggs (Subscriptions/Social Media Manager)
Owiny’s Sigoma Band’s second album, Power Punch!!!, is yet another impressive release from Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label.



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10 Reasons to buy the April/ May 2013 (#91) issue of Songlines

Posted on March 20th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

The new issue of Songlines is on sale now and – like an generous, juicy BLT – it is packed full of delicious ingredients. Here are just 10 of this issue’s features to whet your appetite: 

  • Cover star Rokia Traoré talks about her new rock influences, working with PJ Harvey’s producer and Mali’s predicament.
  • The guessing game is over – we announce the nominees for the Songlines Music Awards 2013.
  • Mali Latino Trio and Lokkhi Terra discuss their Afro-Cuban-Bengali-jazz collaboration for this year’s Songlines Encounters Festival.
  • Read about Malaysia’s Rainforest World Music Festival, the magical event transforming the culture of Sarawak, Borneo.
  • Canadian trio of old-style Americana, The Be Good Tanyas, talk about tours and tribulations. 
  • Kora stories from Malian harp genius Ballaké Sissoko.
  • Free CD with our ten Top of the World picks, plus five tracks picked by British composer Jocelyn Pook.
  • More CD and DVD reviews than you can shake a stick at: dig in, digest and discover the world’s best new music.
  • Sam Lee sends us a postcard from Bangladesh, where he swapped songs with local musicians.
  • The story on innovative Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili‘s shock split.

Click on the cover image to the right to purchase a copy.

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