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Manana: Cuban Connections

Manana: Cuban Connections

This article originally appeared in Songlines #112 (November 2015) p11. Download a pdf here. New festival to come to Santiago de Cuba encourages dialog between Afro-Cuban folkloric music and electronic community (Photo by Harry Follett) When Harry Follett moved to Santiago de Cuba, he met Cuban musician Alain Garcia Artola and together they set up a … Continue reading

Who’s Touring – February/March 2015

Who’s Touring – February/March 2015

In the current issue of Songlines (March 2015, #106), we choose a selection of forthcoming tour highlights. You can see the full list here, but here were my selections: Dub Colossus Soundsystem Songlines Music Awards 2013 winners Dub Colossus is the brainchild of Nick Page, a founding member of Transglobal Underground. While the early incarnation of the band found … Continue reading

UN Women releases official anthem

UN Women releases official anthem

This article originally appeared in Songlines #91 (April/May 2013) p15. Download a pdf here. UN organisation launches its official anthem for the empowerment of women The first UN agency to have its own theme song, UN Women released its official anthem on International Women’s Day (March 8). Initially performed as the finale of the UN … Continue reading

Egyptian mobile phone network commissions music video featuring traditional artists

Egyptian mobile phone network commissions music video featuring traditional artists

Mobinil, one of Egypt’s largest mobile phone networks, recently released a music video featuring a range of traditional and contemporary Egyptian musicians. Mobinil, whose mission statement says  ‘we have been committed to the principle of impartiality without taking positions in politics or religion, but actively participate in serving and developing the community, while preserving its … Continue reading

Seun Kuti leads Nigerian protest

Son of Afro-beat legend Fela Kuti, Seun Anikulapo-Kuti, is no stranger to speaking out, but last week he stepped out from behind the mike and into the streets. January 1 saw the sudden removal of state petrol subsidies in Nigeria, which sent fuel prices skyrocketing. As Seun states in his CNN write-up, ‘With an increase … Continue reading

Dhanush’s ‘Kolaveri Di’ sensation

Dhanush’s ‘Kolaveri Di’ sensation

Maybe it’s the absurd lyrics, maybe it’s the minimalist video with its behind-the-music feel, or maybe it’s the carefree way Tamil superstar Dhanush grins and giggles throughout the track, but whatever the reason ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ has become an internet sensation. Planned as part of the soundtrack to the Indian film 3, its popularity … Continue reading