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Introducing… Addictive TV

Introducing… Addictive TV

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #128 (June 2017) p19. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos talks to the duo about their latest project that saw them recording musicians from every corner of the globe Mark Vidler and Graham Daniels have been working together for a while now, so they may not need introducing. In 2005 VJ Daniels … Continue reading

Warsaw Village Band  – Pagan Punk

Warsaw Village Band – Pagan Punk

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #126 (April 2017) p32. Download a pdf here. Warsaw Village Band’s latest album is a musical experiment in search of connections between cultures while paying homage to the sun. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to the band’s frontman and percussionist Maciej Szajkowski about the strong pagan themes that run through it Ritual fires, spirits, … Continue reading

Introducing… Sarathy Korwar

Introducing… Sarathy Korwar

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #121 (October 2016) p15. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to percussionist Sarathy Korwar about his debut that combines ethnographic recordings and jazz (Photo by Fabrice Bourgelle) The movement of African music across the Atlantic is well documented. Without that migration the music of South America and the Caribbean would be … Continue reading

My World: Corinne Bailey Rae

My World: Corinne Bailey Rae

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #119 (July 2016) p74. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to the Leeds singer-songwriter about her journey to rediscover happiness and the music she found along the way There is a genuine enthusiasm that radiates from Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae as she speaks to me. Her joie de vivre is … Continue reading

Sona Jobarteh – Modern Griot

Sona Jobarteh – Modern Griot

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #118 (June 2016) p36. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to Gambian kora player Sona Jobarteh about the musical journey that has taken her through traditional griot music and Western classical performance, and how it led to the creation of her country’s first school dedicated to Mande music Sunjata Keita watches … Continue reading

Introducing… Eva Salina

Introducing… Eva Salina

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #118 (June 2016) p16. Download a pdf here. Brooklyn-based singer Eva Salina tells Alexandra Petropoulos about how she’s immersed herself in the Balkan songbook, despite being an outsider Authenticity is a subject that crops up from time to time within these pages. How ‘authentic’ is an artist? Is he or she qualified … Continue reading

My World: Yann Tiersen

My World: Yann Tiersen

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #117 (May 2016) p74. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to the French composer and musician Yann Tiersen, ahead of his dates at London’s Barbican, about his Breton roots and how the natural world is the inspiration behind his current project (Photo: Katherine Rose) For some, music is … Continue reading

My World: Sola Akingbola

My World: Sola Akingbola

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #112 (November 2015) p78. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to Jamiroquai’s percussionist about his Yoruba roots and his respect for musicians who are rooted in their tradition but are always looking forward in their expression of it (Photo: Maruska Mason) Sola Akingbola’s musical history is one full of … Continue reading

Iness Mezel – Feminine Alchemy

Iness Mezel – Feminine Alchemy

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #111 (October 2015) p38. Download a pdf here. French-Algerian singer Iness Mezel dives into the magical world of Berber traditions and beliefs and tells Alexandra Petropoulos  how this helped inspire her new album full of feminine strength Allow yourself a moment to drift into an imaginary world, one full … Continue reading

My World: Jah Wobble

My World: Jah Wobble

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #110 (August/September 2015) p8. Download a pdf here. Former Public Image Ltd bassist Jah Wobble, aka John Wardle, is predictably outspoken when he talks to Alexandra Petropoulos about how he first discovered world music and his frustrations with the music scene (Photo: Alex Hurst) Bassist John Wardle is better … Continue reading