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Sona Jobarteh – Modern Griot

Sona Jobarteh – Modern Griot

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 Continue reading

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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

Introducing… Keston Cobblers Club

Introducing… Keston Cobblers Club

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #109 (July 2015) p23. Download a pdf here.  The folk-pop outfit talk to Alexandra Petropoulos about their mishmash of sounds Once upon a time in a town not so far away, Keston, there lived an old shoemaker. Times were tough for the poor shoemaker, nobody wanted their shoes mended and business was … Continue reading

Introducing… Afriquoi

Introducing… Afriquoi

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #108 (June 2015) p24. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to the London-based group mixing up African grooves with electro sounds The Brixton café is buzzing and I’m surrounded by the members of Afriquoi – the atmosphere is alight with laughter. It’s obvious that percussionist Andre Marmot, Gambian kora player Jally … Continue reading

My World: Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos

My World: Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #108 (June 2015) p8. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to the lead singer and guitarist of Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand about his Greek heritage and the rebetika music that helps him connect with it He may be easily recognised as the frontman of indie rock band Franz Ferdinand, … Continue reading

Introducing… Plaza Francia

Introducing… Plaza Francia

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #107 (April/May 2015) p24. Download a pdf here. The trio are blurring the boundaries between retro tango and contemporary pop (Photo: Renaud Corlouer) Plaza Francia might be a new name to many of our readers, but the folks behind the group are certainly no new kids on the block. The group combines the electro-tango … Continue reading