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Tanya Tagaq announces a new album out this autumn

Posted on August 18th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

Tanya Tagaq

The Inuk artist, Tanya Tagaq, the striking cover star of our June 2015 issue, has just announced a new album, Retribution 

Known for her jaw-dropping live performances and incredibly powerful throat singing, Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize (Canadian equivalent to the Mercury Prize) in 2014 for Animism – described as ‘experimental, visceral, intense and disturbing, this is essentially the definitive audio statement of contemporary nordicity in Canada,’ in our review in #115.

By all accounts, the follow-up to Animism will be even more powerful – a portrait of a violent world in crisis, with its focus, of course, on the Inuit perspective as Tagaq has become a committed spokesperson for the issues concerning the indigenous people of northern Canada.

Guests on the new album include Tuvan throat singer Radik Tyülyüsh, traditional Inuk singer Ruben Komangapik and Tagaq’s own daughter. Tracks include a cover of the Nirvana song ‘Rape Me’, which, according to Tagaq’s publicity, is one of the central themes of the album: ‘the rape of women, rape of the land, rape of children, despoiling of traditional lands without consent.’

Retribution is released on October 21 in North America and November 18 in Europe.



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Video Playlist | June (#108)

Posted on May 20th, 2015 in Recent posts by .


Here are a handful of our favourite videos that we’ve recently been enjoying at Songlines HQ – everything from eccentric Inuk singer Tanya Tagaq to the 74-year-old doyenne of Colombian music, Totó La Momposina.

Pick up a copy of the current issue.

Tanya Tagaq – ‘Uja’
Taken from the Polaris Prize-winning Animism, the video for ‘Uja’ is a skittish, unsettling visual experience. Read more about Tanya in the June (#108) issue.


Songlines Music Awards Winners 2015
Tony Allen, Kronos Quartet, Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté and Ibibio Sound Machine all triumphed in this year’s awards.


Fatoumata Diawara & Amine Bouhafa – ‘Timbuktu Fasso’
Cause no matter what, Timbuktu will remain.’ This defiant song features on the soundtrack to Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated Timbuktu. We spoke to the Mauritanian filmmaker about the place of music in the film in the June (#108) edition.


Totó La Momposina y sus Tambores – ‘El Pescador’
Earlier this month Real World Records released this extraordinary original recording footage of the doyenne of Colombian music. Tambolero is due to be re-released on June 29.


Seckou Keita – ‘Mikhi Nathan Mu Toma (The Invisible Man)’
The Senegalese-born but UK-based kora player returns with a new solo album following the Songlines Music Awards 2014 winning collaboration with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch. 22 Strings will be released on May 26.


Boubacar Traoré & Ali Farka Touré – ‘Duna Ma Yelema’
A classic recording of these two great luminaries of Malian blues. In the June (#108) issue we reflect on the humble yet impressive career of Boubacar Traoré.


Ludovico Einaudi – Taranta Project
The Italian composer teams up with an impressive line-up of musicians – including Juldeh Camara and Justin Adams – for an album inspired by the southern Italian tradition of tarantella with wider influences. Read the review in our next issue (July 2015 #109, on sale June 12).


Bassekou Kouyaté – ‘Siran Fen’
For his fourth album, the ngoni master takes the integration of African rhythms and Western rock’n’roll a step further with guest collaborators, including Dave Smith (Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters), lead guitarist Chris Brokaw and producer Chris Eckman.

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New issue (June 2015, #108) on sale now!

Posted on May 1st, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


The queen of Polar punk, Tanya Tagaq, and we announce the winners of the Songlines Music Awards 2015  

The June 2015 (#108) 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 Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from ngoni master Bassekou Kouyaté, Scottish trio Lau and Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project.

This issue also includes…

• Songlines Music Awards – We announce this year’s four winners. Find out who’s won.
• Tanya Tagaq – Marc Fournier witnesses the Inuit throat singer’s jaw-dropping live show and finds out about her revolutionary ideals.
• Festivals Guide – Our selection of the world’s best festivals.
• Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu – The Mauritanian filmmaker talks about the place of music in his searing new film.
• The music of Colombia – The sounds of the country’s three cities: Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena.
• Shikor Bangladesh All Stars & Lokkhi Terra – Simon Broughton talks to the two groups about their creative collaboration.

• Beginner’s Guide to Malian singer and guitarist Boubacar Traoré
• My World: A playlist and interview with Franz Ferdinand’s frontman, Alex Kapranos
• Introducing… Afriquoi and Vula Viel
• Spotlight on the Thai masked drama, Khōn
• Quick Fire: Banning Eyre, Jayme Stone & Olivia Chaney
• What’s New, including Alchemy Festival, John William’s upcoming series at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and the upcoming Touareg exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society
• The Songlines Essential 10 Colombian Albums
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases

Buy the new issue here

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New issue preview: June (#108)

Posted on April 24th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


A Polar Storm; Canada’s most famous Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq, has been stunning audiences since first collaborating with Björk. We talk to the controversial figure on her revolutionary ideals.

Other features include this year’s Songlines Music Awards winners, our annual guide to the best music festivals around the world, a Beginner’s Guide to Boubacar Traoré, plus nearly one hundred of the latest CD, book and world cinema reviews.

The issue’s Top of the World covermount CD includes brand new tracks from Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba, Lau and Gisela João, plus a playlist from Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, who gets stuck into some rebetikacumbia and African disco.

On sale in the UK from May 1. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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