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Introducing Songlines issue #136 (April 2018)

Introducing Songlines issue #136 (April 2018)

28th February 2018  |  News  |  Comments Off on Introducing Songlines issue #136 (April 2018)

The April 2018 (#136) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover feature artist this issue is the Afrobeat musician Femi Kuti who talks about continuing his father Fela’s musical legacy. Other features include interviews with the Haitian singer Mélissa Laveaux; Trinidadian calypsonian Drew Gonsalves and his band Kobo Town; African instrumental trio 3MA who are combining Malian, Moroccan and Malagasy traditions; GRRRL – a new all-female collective tackling gender inequality; a Beginner’s Guide to the Cuban former Buena Vista Social Club star Eliades Ochoa, plus the latest CD, book, world cinema and live reviews.  

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The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Afrika Mamas, I’m With Her, Ross Ainslie and Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird, as well as a guest playlist from the journalist and broadcaster, Samira Ahmed, featuring music from Lata and Usha Mangeshkar, Natacha Atlas and others..

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Issue #136 also includes our free International World Music Festival Guide 2018-19

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To buy the new issue or to find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: www.songlines.co.uk/subs

Top of the World albums: Songlines #136 (April 2018)

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Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the April 2018 issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #136.

To buy the new issue or to find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: www.songlines.co.uk/subs

Afrika Mamas 
Iphupho: A Cappella from South Africa
ARC Music
The joyful title-track from the South African six-piece’s fourth album is by Ntombi Lushaba. It translates as ‘The Dream Song’ and reflects her wish to take their music to the world.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Sam Reider
Too Hot to Sleep
Sam Reider
An accomplished debut album from accordionist and pianist Sam Reider, supported by a group of young firebrands, the Human Hands. This track has a Gypsy jazz vibe about it.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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I’m With Her
See You Around
Rounder
After much anticipation, super trio Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins finally release their debut of hair-raising harmonies, stunning songwriting and instrumental skill.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Turkwaz
Nazar
Turkwaz
This Toronto-based vocal quartet present music from across the Middle East and Balkans. Guest instrumentalists improvise flawlessly over haunting vocals.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Chris Stout & Catriona McKay
Bare Knuckle
Bare Knuckle Records
Opening an entirely instrumental album, this striking track showcases the warmth of the musical interplay between Stout’s fiddle and McKay’s Scots harp.
Amazon 

 

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3MA
Anarouz
Mad Minute Music
Ballaké’s virtuosic kora, the resonant oud of Driss El Maloumi and Rajery’s laid-back valiha (Malagasy zither) unite to create an enchanting, masterful album.
Amazon | iTunes

 

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The Transports
A Tale of Exile and Migration
Hudson Records
Sean Cooney sings this haunting ballad of love and separation, joined by some of the finest names in folk for the revival of Peter Bellamy’s 1977 work.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Erlend Apneseth Trio
Åra
Hubro
The traditional meets the synthetic on this abstract album from Norwegian Hardanger fiddler Apneseth. ‘Undergrunn’ begins with an old-time feel, quickening at the entrance of a ritual drum.
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Ross Ainslie
Sanctuary
Great White Records
Indian and Eastern European influences underpin this album from the Scottish multi-instrumentalist, which celebrates the sanctuary offered by music.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird
The Butcher’s Share
Oriente Musik
This track is one of many thought-provoking songs reflecting on Jewish history. It’s klezmer with boundless energy and respect for tradition.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

Pick up the April 2018 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