Posted in December 2013

Introducing… Alsarah

Introducing… Alsarah

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #97 (Jan/Feb) p25. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to the US-based singer who is poised to bring Sudanese music to a wider audience (Photo: Maryam Parwana) The US-based Sudanese singer Alsarah has more than just a powerful and engaging voice in her arsenal – she’s also an extremely well-spoken ethnomusicologist who … Continue reading

Essential Ten: African Collaborations

Essential Ten: African Collaborations

In the last issue, Songlines (Nov/Dec 2013, #96) selected its essential list of ten landmark African collaboration albums. You can read the full piece here (or download a pdf here), but here were my choices:  Paul Simon  Graceland (Warner, 1986) After finding a tape of South African mbaqanga, Simon was inspired to team up with African … Continue reading