In the current issue of Songlines (October 2015, #111), we choose a selection of forthcoming tour highlights. You can see the full list here, but here were my selections:
The Indian-Canadian ghazal singer returns to the UK
A reflection of her life – she was born in India, raised in Canada and is now a resident of New York City – Kiran Ahluwalia’s music knows no borders or boundaries. Mainly rooted in Indian ghazal, a literary and musical form of rhyming couplets, Ahluwalia mixes in everything from Saharan blues to jazz for a unique twist on the South Asian music. She was a winner of the Newcomer award in the inaugural Songlines Music Awards in 2009 for her album Wanderlust, and has recently released her sixth album, Sanata: Stillness (reviewed in #107).
Touring August 29-September 8
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyaté
New York hip-hop and Guinean kora
Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyaté released their debut, Faya, in 2012, which showcased the fleet-fingered Sekou on kora and Driscoll’s rapid rhymes. They toured extensively and were nominated in the Songlines Music Awards in 2013. All’s gone quiet in the past year, but now this fearsome duo are back for a tour in the UK and there’s even talk of a follow-up album in the works. We can only hope.
Touring September 27-October 17
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Exciting and innovative English folk duo
This Devon-based English folk duo turned heads with their excellent release, Mynd (reviewed in #96). Henry studied slide guitar with Debashish Bhattacharya in Kolkata and brings subtle influences of Indian ragas, blues, and gospel to the music. Both Henry and Martin are talented multi-instrumentalists, who create beautifully rich and textured music. They won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo in 2014 and are just about to release their new album, Watershed. Expect a hauntingly beautiful performance.
Touring September 24-October 11