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Top of the World albums: Songlines #129 (July 2017)

Posted on June 12th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the July issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #129.

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Dona Onete
Mais um Discos
The Grande Dame is back with another dose of salubrious grooves from the north of Brazil. Despite being almost 80 years old, Onete is not slowing down. Find yourself some wiggle room.
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Trio Tekke & Dave de Rose
Trio Tekke
This new collaboration with drummer Dave de Rose produces a more electric take on Trio Tekke’s funky reinvention of Greek traditional music.
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Kronos Quartet
Folk Songs
A journey into the Appalachian tradition, combining classical elegance and avant-garde subversion. As magnificent as you would expect from Kronos.
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Zabad, Twilight Tide
Harmonia Mundi
A stunningly hypnotic track from an excellent third album. While maintaining respect for the maqam tradition, intimate dialogue between instrumentalists allows the music to breathe and shine.
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Vieux Farka Touré
Six Degrees Records
West Africa’s star guitarist does not disappoint with this masterful album, which was recorded in front of a small live audience.
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Decade: The Best of Lau 2007-2017
Lau Scotland 
A magnificent compilation showcasing ten years of musical excellence.
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Kondi Band
Strut Records
This pairing of thumb-piano and vocals with electronic textures makes for what is perhaps one of the most intriguing African albums so far this year.
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Various artists  
Zaire 74: The African Artists
Wrasse Records
Global star Miriam Makeba performs with her Guinean Ensemble, recorded at the three-day music festival held in 1974 to coincide with the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match.
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Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundström
Åkerö Records
Here accordionist Maria Kalaniemi and harmonium player Eero Grundström take us on a musical journey deep into the majestic Finnish forests.
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Jayme Stone
Jayme Stone’s Folklife
Borealis Records
This rousing Caribbean dance tune is but one offering in this treasure trove of songs mostly derived from the seemingly inexhaustible archives of folklorists John and Alan Lomax.
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Pick up the July issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit:

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Vieux Farka Touré to begin 15-date UK tour this month

Posted on January 13th, 2016 in Live, Recent posts by .


The Malian singer-songwriter and guitarist returns to UK

Malian singer-songwriter and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré is to start a 15-date tour of the UK this month. Beginning on January 19 at the Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry, Vieux will also visit Kings Place in London and Liverpool’s Music Room along the way. Dates and venues are available below.

The tour will also see him perform in his usual trio format with Jean-Alain Hohy on bass and Jean-Paul Melindji on drums. Julie Easterlin, with who he recently collaborated with on new album Touristes, will not be present on the tour.

Jan 19 COVENTRY – Warwick Arts Centre
Jan 20 BRIGHTON – Komedia
Jan 22 BRISTOL – The Lantern
Jan 23 MANCHESTER – Band on the Wall
Jan 24 CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge Junction
Jan 26 NORWICH – Norwich Arts Centre
Jan 27 LONDON – Kings Place
Jan 28 KENDAL – Brewery Arts Centre
Jan 29 LIVERPOOL – Music Room
Jan 30 GATESHEAD – Sage Gateshead
Jan 31 GLASGOW – Celtic Connections Mitchell Theatre
Feb 2 BUXTON – Pavilion Arts Centre
Feb 3 SHEFFIELD – Talking Gig at Yellow Arch Studios
Feb 4 LEEDS – Howard Assembly Room
Feb 5 SOUTHAMPTON – Turner Sims

Tickets are available now. For more information visit Vieux’s official website.

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New issue (Jan/Feb 2016) on sale now!

Posted on December 11th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


The Best Albums of 2015; Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré; choreographer Akram Khan; and Israeli composer and qawwali singer Shye Ben Tzur

The January/February (#114) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 16-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums, a guest playlist by American singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, and a bonus track from banjo player Alison Brown’s new album The Song of the Banjo.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Peruvian group Bareto, lyra player Stelios Petrakis, Papua New Guinea’s George Telek and multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story.

• Best Albums of 2015 – We select our favourite albums of the year.
• Vieux Farka Touré – Daniel Brown talks to the Malian singer about the heavy subject matter of his new album.
• Akram Khan – The choreographer speaks to us about the creative process behind his new work, Until the Lions.
Aon Teanga – Connecting the Gaelic songs of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
Junun – Shye Ben Tzur and Jonny Greenwood join forces with The Rajasthan Express.

• Beginner’s Guide to Boban and Marko Marković.
• My World: A playlist and interview with singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant.
• Postcard from Moravia, Czech Republic.
• Introducing… Zoufris Maracas and The Rheingans Sisters.
• Spotlight on Tiken Jah Fakoly.
• Quickfire: Sarah Hayes, Jenny Hill and Michael Church.
• What’s New, including the music and film project Sahel Calling; an evening of Arabic music at the Royal Albert Hall; the 40th anniversary of Fellside Recordings, and composer Alan Bern’s Semer Reloaded project.
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.

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New issue preview: January/February (#114)

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


Building Bridges; with his latest album, Vieux Farka Touré shifts his sights from the instability of Mali to more global concerns

Other features include choreographer Akram Khan, who we speak to about the creative process of his new project; Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur talks to us about the inspiration behind his qawwali-Hebrew collaboration with the Rajasthan Express and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood; we highlight the Best Albums of 2015; 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 Kandia Kouyaté, The Gurdjieff Ensemble and Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express, plus an exclusive playlist from American singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, who talks about the female singers she admires and how motherhood and activism are now her primary concerns.

The issue is on sale in the UK from December 11. Click here to purchase your copy now.

Every edition comes with a free 2016 wall calendar. Subscribe by November 30 to guarantee yours.

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