Posts Tagged ‘Tal National’

WOMAD 2015: Our 10 Recommendations

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 in Features, Live, Recent posts by .



Criolo, photographed by Caroline Bittencourt

As the Songlines team get ready for the upcoming weekend, they share some of their recommendations

With mere hours between us and WOMAD festival, all of us at Songlines HQ cannot wait to get onsite for this celebration of world music. In anticipation, editor Jo Frost, deputy editor Alexandra Petropoulos, news editor Edward Craggs, contributor Alex de Lacey and intern Elicia Casey-Winter have selected the ten bands we’re most looking forward to this weekend.

And don’t forget that we have an unprecedented number of CD signings at the Songlines stands this weekend, so don’t miss your chance to say hello to some of your favourite artists – and Songlines team members! Find out more about Songlines at WOMAD.

Molotov Jukebox 
– Friday, Open Air Stage, 1pm
This band’s own brand of ‘tropical urban Gypsy’ music is sure to bring out the sunshine this weekend… even if only metaphorically. ECW

Kapela Maliszow
– Friday, BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, 2pm
This family trio – made up of father Jan Malisz, son Kacper and daughter Zuzanna – breathe a delightful new life into Polish traditional music, and all on homemade instruments! AP

– Friday, Big Red Tent, 3pm
These guys mix up Middle Eastern sounds with an urban flare while their lyrics call for freedom and equality; it’s danceable music with a conscience. AP

Totó la Momposina 
 Friday, Open Air Stage, 3pm
The doyenne of Afro-Colombian song makes a long-awaited return to the UK. JF

Tal National
 – Friday, Open Air Stage, 5pm
Looking forward to checking out this band and their alternative, Nigerien take on the desert blues sound. JF

– Friday, BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, 10:30pm
Lots of buzz about this French-Cuban sister duo and their hypnotic Cuban electronic mix, so keen to experience them live.  JF

 – Saturday, Open Air Stage, 3pm
Having rapidly become one of the most important musicians in Brazil, the São Paolo rapper’s hard-hitting lyrics and stage prowess are not to be missed. EC

Hannah Peel 
– Saturday, Bowers & Wilkins Sound System, 6pm
I first heard Hannah Peel sing at Green Man Festival in 2011 accompanied solely by her music box. Since then she’s released a solo album, two EPs, and collaborated on The Magnetic North’s project that celebrated the music of Orkney. ADL

The Very Best 
– Saturday, Big Red Tent, 7pm
I can’t think of a better way to kick-start Saturday evening than with the euphoric groove of this duo of Johan Hugo and Malawian Esau Mwamwaya. EC

Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor
 – Saturday, Open Air Stage, 9:30pm
This celebration of the elusive Nigerian funk maestro follows the rediscovery of his work on Who is William Onyeabor? released by David Byrne’s imprint Luaka Bop in 2013. Already confirmed to perform are legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd and American-Sudanese artist Sinkane, with a whole host of guests still to be announced! ADL

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Top of the World: Tal National – Kaani

Posted on September 19th, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Nigel Williamson

FATCD126_cover_hi-res_1440x1440pxA West African kaani-val

All credit to hip UK indie label FatCat for picking up this fine album. Kaani (Happy) is actually the third album from Niger’s Tal National but is the group’s first to get an international release. The group is led by guitarist Hamadal Issoufou Moumine (aka Almeida), who is a kind of West African renaissance man – he’s also a court judge and in a previous career was a well-known local soccer player. It’s a record that reflects Niger’s status as a cultural crossroads along ancient trade routes and a melting pot of different ethnic groups. Songhai, Fulani, Hausa and Touareg are all represented in the ranks of this 13-strong collective.

Expertly recorded by Chicago-based engineer Jamie Carter in Niamey’s dilapidated Studio Maibianigarba on clapped-out equipment, he thrillingly captures the band’s funky mesh of electric guitars and clattering percussion, which is as tight as you’d expect from a band that has apparently been playing five-hour sets five nights a week for years. Moody Songhai guitars, Hausa polyrhythms cranked out on fuji drums and Touareg desert blues combine to create a rich, hybrid sound that draws on familiar West African elements to create something rewardingly fresh and different.

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Rufus Wainwright’s playlist and the 10 best new releases

Posted on August 30th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

The October 2013 issue of Songlines (#95) includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks of the finest new releases from around the planet. The CD also includes five tracks selected by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.


The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré; lively Cypriot dance troupe Monsieur Doumani; Welsh folk songstress Georgia Ruth; the late Malian bluesman Lobi Traoré; the Niger supergroup Tal National; Istanbul’s Gypsy clarinetist Cüneyt Sepetçi & Orchestra Dolapdere, and more.

Pick up your copy here, at selected UK HMV stores, selected WHSmiths and all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these fresh new tracks:

* Vieux Farka Touré ‘Yer Gando’ on Six Degrees Records
* Monsieur Doumani ‘Out-of-Touch Guy’ on Monsieur Doumani
* Peter Rowan ‘Keepin’ it Between the Lines’ on Compass Records
* Georgia Ruth ‘Codi Angor’ on Gwymon
* Lobi Traoré ‘Makono’ on KSK Records
* Nitin Sawhney ‘Nadia’ on Metropolis/Cherry Red Records
* Tal National ‘Wongharey’ on FatCat Records
* Cüneyt Sepetçi & Orchestra Dolapdere ‘Gayda’ on LM Dupli-cation
* Genticorum ‘Le Forgeron’ on Les Productions du Moulin
* Gjermund Larsen Trio ‘Argentum’ on Grappa

Plus Rufus Wainwright’s playlist:

* Tim Maia ‘Bom Senso’ on Luaka Bop
* Roza Eskenazi ‘En Taxei’ on Ta Nea
* The Philip Koutev National Folk Ensemble ‘Pilenze Pee, Govori’ on JVC/Victor Entertainment Inc
* Oum Kalthoum ‘Tab en-Nasim al Alil’ on Buda Musique
* Doc & Merle Watson ‘St James Infirmary’ on Sugar Hill Records


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