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Songlines World Music News Tru Thoughts 18th birthday

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Melissa Fargo

Iconic music label Tru Thoughts celebrate their 18th year with an all-day event at London’s Roundhouse 

On Saturday October 21, independent music label Tru Thoughts teams up with Soundcrash and the Roundhouse in Camden to create an all-day, festival-style 18th birthday celebration. Set to be the biggest event in the label’s impressive history, the day will feature headline sets from Tru Thoughts artists Hot 8 Brass Band (pictured), Quantic (DJ set), Alice Russell and Rodney P, along with a craft beer festival, pop-up food vendors and a vinyl market.

Performing across three stages, artists set to appear at the event include

Quantic (DJ set)
Hot 8 Brass Band
Alice Russell
Rodney P
Anchorsong
Flowdan
Wrongtom Meets the Ragga Twins
Nostalgia 77 (DJ Set)
Werkha
Belleruche (DJ Modest Set)
Maddslinky
Bryony Jarman-Pinto
Lakuta
TM Juke (DJ Set)
J-Felix
Rhi
Robert Luis (Tru Thoughts A&R)

Tru Thoughts fans can also celebrate in the label’s hometown of Brighton on Wednesday October 18. For more information and to buy tickets, click here

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Songlines World Music News Watch: Tamikrest – ‘War Tila Eridaran’

Touareg rock-group Tamikrest release their new video: ‘War Tila Eridaran’ in an exclusive Songlines premiere

The Malian rock group Tamikrest’s new video, ‘War Tila Eridaran’, premieres today. The riff-heavy track is taken from their fourth and latest album, Kidal, an album named after the group’s Touareg ancestral town, with the sound of the Sahara at its heart. Their characteristic flair for blending modern rock’n’roll sounds with such diverse influences as Rachid Taha, Pink Floyd and flamenco, while maintaining a focus on the plight and lives of the Touareg people remains unchanged since their debut in 2010. Kidal was a Songlines Top of the World album in #127 (May 2017). 

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Songlines World Music News Top of the World albums: Songlines #132 (November 2017)

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the November issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #132.

To buy the new issue or to find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: http://ift.tt/2lbcV5M

 

frigg

Frigg
Frost on Fiddles
Frigg
Captivating folk tunes from the Finnish seven-piece supergroup known for their fiery polkas and infectious energy.
Amazon | iTunes

 

kyle-huval

Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers
Straight Allons
Valcour Records
Huval showcases his own writing skills alongside Cajun classics played in the traditional, dance-hall rocking style.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

msafiri

Msafiri Zawose
Uhamiaji
Soundway Records
Son of Tanzanian legend Hukwe Zawose has proved he’s a chip off the old block with this five-star album. A refreshing, sophisticated jazz sensibility displays Zawose’s musical dynamism.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

sirom

Širom
I Can Be A Clay Snapper
tak:til
The combination of overlapping textures, command of polyrhythms and elegant production is mesmeric on this album from the young Slovenian trio.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Trio da Kali & Kronos Quartet
Ladilikan
World Circuit
Hawa Diabaté’s stunning vocals and Lassana Diabaté’s virtuosic balafon merge beautifully with captivating strings. A sublime collaboration.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

labelle

Labelle
Univers-Île
Infiné Editions 
Reflecting the cultural diversity of La Réunion, Indian slide guitarist Prakash Sontakke and revered Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko join Labelle on this sonic tapestry of an album.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

gwyneth-glyn

Gwyneth Glyn
Tro
bendigedig
Gwyneth Glyn returns with a collection of her most intimate folk inspired songs yet. Seckou Keita’s kora and other instruments such as lapsteel, crwth and bansitar add a brooding depth to the songs.
Amazon | iTunes

 

lo'jo

Lo’Jo
[Fonetiq Flowers]
World Village/Pias
This jazz-infused song is theatrical, complex, and fits comfortably on this eclectic album along with a music-shop’s worth of instruments. This French outfit sound as fresh as ever.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

IFE

ÌFÉ
IIII+IIII
Discos Ifá
A five-star debut from this Puerto Rican ensemble. Their electronic aesthetic is fused with traditional roots and permeated by spirituality, beautifully showcased on this track.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

farida

Farida Parveen
Songs of Lalon Shah
Ocora Radio France
With a message that defies the existence of differences between race or religion, this is perhaps the most famous of Bengali poet Lalon Shah’s songs.
Amazon

Pick up the October 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: songlines.co.uk/subs

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Songlines World Music News Introducing Songlines issue #132 (November 2017)

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The November 2017 (#132) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star this issue is Rhiannon Giddens, the American singer and multi-instrumentalist whose latest release delves into America’s dark slavery past.

Other features include an interview with Trio da Kali and Kronos Quartet about their new and thrilling collaboration, Ladilikan; Joe Boyd waxes lyrical about Albanian saze music; Prince Edward Island folk trio The East Pointers who return to the UK on tour; an interview with Vinicio Capossela, Italy’s unlikely star; a Beginner’s Guide to Argentinian bandoneón player, Dino Saluzzi, plus the latest CD, book, world cinema and live reviews.

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The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Trio da Kali, ÌFÉ, Msafiri Zawose and Lo’Jo, as well as a guest playlist from Australian explorer and writer, Tim Cope, featuring music inspired by his expedition from Mongolia to Hungary on horseback.

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To buy the new issue or to find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: http://ift.tt/2lbcV5M

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Songlines World Music News The first Manchester Folk Festival

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Afro Celt Sound System photo by Louis DeCarlo

The first ever edition of the Manchester Folk Festival will take place on October 19-22

Manchester Folk Festival has announced its full line-up of concerts, film screenings, theatrical experiences, workshops and ‘pub singarounds’ ahead of the very first edition this October. The festival will focus on supporting and presenting new folk and acoustic music, and will host the English Folk Expo showcase. Concerts and events will take place city-wide, with a festival hub at HOME.

The line-up is set to include

John Smith (with Georgia Lewis and Nina Harries)
Vishtèn (with DJ Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast)
Jon Boden & the Remnant Kings (with Alistair Anderson & Northlands and Ninebarrow)
Afro Celt Sound System (pictured above, with The Nightjar and Sound of the Sirens)
Keston Cobblers Club (with Jinnwoo and Jack Rutter)
The Young’uns (with Jackie Oates and The East Pointers)
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Tom Robinson (with Edgelarks and Irish Mythen)
Stick in the Wheel
False Lights (with Kings of the South Seas)

 

Get tickets and find out more here.

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Songlines World Music News Watch: Kings of the South Seas – ‘Lady Franklin’

London-based folk trio Kings of the South Seas release a new video from their forthcoming album, Franklin

Following the disappearance of Captain John Franklin’s arctic expedition in the 19th century, his wife Lady Jane Franklin sponsored several missions to discover his fate. The search continued for decades; Inuit stories of cannibalism were dismissed, though have since been suggested as largely accurate.

The loss of the expedition and the subsequent failed searches affected many, and left a wealth of musical, theatrical and literary material in its wake. The second release from Kings of the South Seas, Franklin, brings to life the music collected from these events, and features Canadian Voyageur paddling songs, English folk ballads, songs composed onboard ice-bound wintering ships and Victorian parlour pieces.  The lead single, ‘Lady Franklin’, is a broadside from the 1850s.

Franklin was recorded in St Andrew’s Mission Church in Gravesend, beneath the stained glass windows dedicated by Lady Franklin to the lost lives of the arctic voyage.

Accompanying the group on their live tour will be Polar Archaeologist Peter Wilson. Catch them live on these dates:

Oct 4 – Cecil Sharp House, London
Oct 5 –  Loders Village Hall, Bridport
Oct 6– St Andrews, Gravesham Arts, Kent
Oct 21 – Folk Expo – Manchester (without Peter Wilson)

Franklin is due to be released on Hudson Records, February 2 2018.

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Songlines World Music News Exclusive Trailer Premiere: On Mass 2017

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Photo by Sonia and Mauro

On November 12 the Roundhouse, Camden will host an evening of spectacular music making and collaboration, this year led by global star Angélique Kidjo

Following a hugely successful 2015 edition with Jamie Cullum, the Roundhouse will once again be taken over this autumn by a range of talented, emerging artists from across the globe. Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, a variety of musical genres and styles will be fused with circus dramatics, with performers from as far afield as the Faroe Islands, Palestine, India and Brazil joining this hugely popular London event.

At the heart of this year’s project and joining the artists on stage will be three-time Grammy Award-winning, politically engaged, Beninese singer and global star Angélique Kidjo (pictured). She has produced an exclusive track for the project, which each participating group will be given to redefine in their own interpretation, culminating in a live collaborative performance at the Roundhouse in November.

Other artists set to perform include: Kinetika Bloco, Roundhouse Choir, Roundhouse Music Collective and Roundhouse Audio Collectives, Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Battersea Art Centres Beat Box Academy and Roundhouse Street Circus Collective.

 

Here is the 2017 On Mass trailer, in a Songlines exclusive.

 

Tickets are available here
Songlines readers can get an early bird discount on tickets by quoting the code SONGLINES online during booking and get a standing ticket for £8. The offer is valid until September 30 and is applicable for standing tickets only.

 

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Songlines World Music News BBC Radio 3 Documentary: Music in Peril

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A fascinating BBC Radio 3 documentary on Pakistan’s qawwali music scene, still flourishing in spite of recent attacks 

A BBC documentary presented by Lopa Kothari and producer Roger Short explores the recent threats to the ancient Sufi art form of qawwali, and discovers its incredible resilience and ability to prosper in spite of these obstacles. The programme also features interviews with the musicians themselves, gathered on a recent visit to Pakistan, and includes a conversation with Pakistan’s most celebrated Sufi singer, Abida Parveen (pictured above), as well as musical performances recorded in Lahore.

The documentary is available on BBC iPlayer now.

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Songlines World Music News Turner Sims announce World Music series

Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté, Morgenland Festival 2016-©Andy Spyr::Morgenland Festival Osnabrück-Free1

Fifty years ago the University of Southampton was bequeathed with a generous donation intended to support musical practice in the city. The beautifully ornate Turner Sims hall – named after its benefactor Miss Margaret Grassam Sims – opened in 1974 and is now established as a premiere performance venue in the South of England.

This year’s Autumn season is of particular interest with a special world music series that features Irish quartet Lankum, Malian guitarist Habib Koité and his compatriot Toumani Diabaté who will perform as part of a duo with kamancheh maestro Kayhan Kalhor.

A similarly enticing prospect is a joint performance from Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita in support of their new record Transparent Water. They will be joined by Afro-Venezuealan percussionist Gustavo Oyalles – who contributed featured on the album – for an exploration of polyrhythms and improvisatory craft, teasing out the overlap between West African and Latin American musical practice.

Here is the complete list of dates for the series:

Lankum – October 14

Habib Koité – October 20

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita present Transparent Water – November 9

Toumani Diabaté and Kayhan Kalhor – November 21

Värttinä – December 8

More information (including ticketing) is available on the Turner Sims website.

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