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As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations in 2019, Songlines is producing a special one-off publication looking at the most iconic moments in world music from 1999-2019. Featuring content spanning all 150 issues of Songlines magazine, including details of the top album releases, artist news and main events from each year plus the results of the Songlines readers’ cover poll.

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THE MOST ICONIC MOMENTS AND OUTSTANDING ALBUMS

IN WORLD MUSIC BETWEEN 1999-2019

2010

FIFA ANTHEM K’naan’s ‘Wavin’ Flag’ is chosen as an anthem for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

50 YEARS FREE Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Chad and Central African Republic celebrate 50 years of independence.

WYCLEF JEAN The US-Haitian hip-hop star and the island’s most famous son is thwarted in his bid to run for presidency.

FELA! COMES TO LONDON The Broadway hit, Fela! The Musical opens at London’s National Theatre.

ANDY KERSHAW returns to the airwaves presenting the Radio 3 series Music Planet.

Palestinian musicians in the refugee camps, and visited Damascus with Nick Page’s East-West fusion band Syriana and noted how Syria appeared to be becoming a more open and progressive socieœ – a process that was tragically soon to be slammed into reverse. Closer to home, Senegalese

Music Freedom Day, which was marked by the presentation of the Freemuse

Mahsa Vahdat Ferhat Tunç, Listen to the Banned,

a collection of music by artists censored

The price of freedom If Songlines’ central purpose is to celebrate music around the globe, we’ve always been mindful that vigilance is the price of our freedom to do so – which is why we support the work of Freemuse, the campaigning organisation for freedom of musical expression. In 2010, their work seemed more vital than ever. We reported on Music Freedom Day, which was marked by the presentation of the Freemuse annual award to Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat (right) and Kurdish activist Ferhat Tunç, and by the release of Listen to the Banned, a collection of music by artists censored in their homeland. We also gave away with #67 a CD of tracks from the ‘Iranian Underground,’ artists who had been refused a licence to record or perform by Tehran’s Orwellian Ministry of Culture. In conjunction with Index on Censorship, we took a detailed look at the problems for Kurdish musicians in Turkey. We travelled to Beirut to report on the diffi culties facing rappers rappers Daara J were refused visas to play in London,

following the earlier cancellation of Konono No 1

following the earlier cancellation of Kasai Allstars and Konono No 1 for similar reasons.

Happily there was still plenœ of fine music that found its way past the censors and bureaucrats.

To mark the football World Cup, we celebrated perform by Tehran’s Orwellian Ministry of Culture. In conjunction with Index on Censorship, we took a detailed look at the problems for Kurdish musicians in Turkey. We the music of South Africa, a nation where the cruellest kind of censorship had ruled until the overthrow of apartheid, and put Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the cover. We also ran features on the Sudanese trance music of Rango, the Colombian salsa of Choc Quib Town, the Malian Cuban supergroup, AfroCubism, the Creole Choir of Cuba and Ego Lemos, musical champion of one of the world’s newest democracies in East Timor.

Choir of Cuba

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DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR

RAGHU DIXIT The Mysore-born Indian singer-songwriter wins over legions of British fans with his dazzling smile, infectious onstage banter and delightful tunes on his self-titled debut.

Like father,

like son: ‘When a Nigerian politician gave

‘When a Nigerian

Femi Kuti a new 4x4 as a bribe, he daubed

‘Government Bribe’ across it and drove it through Lagos’

through Lagos

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TOP FIVE CDs

AfroCubism AfroCubism Bellowhead Hedonism Sarah Jarosz Song Up in her Head Kroke Out of Sight Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal Chamber Music

LOST IN ACTION

LOST IN ACTION LOST IN ACTION

2007

ALBARN GOES BANANAS Damon Albarn stages his Chinese opera Monkey: A Journey to the West at the inaugural Manchester International Festival.

‘You go into politics, ‘You go into politics, ‘You go into politics, you lose the power you lose the power you lose the power

‘You go into politics, you lose the power to help people. to help people. to help people. Politicians are Politicians are Politicians are megalomaniacs, megalomaniacs, megalomaniacs,

to help people. Politicians are megalomaniacs,

politics kills politics kills politics kills everything that is everything that is everything that is politics kills everything that is human in you. human in you. human in you. I refuse to be part I refuse to be part I refuse to be part I refuse to be part human in you. I refuse to be part

FADO’S STORY Songlines editor-inchief Simon Broughton directs the TV documentary Mariza and the Story of Fado.

of that system. of that system. of that system.

of that system.

Music has Music has Music has been the best been the best been the best channel for me channel for me channel for me to help people, to help people, to help people, because music because music because music has the power has the power has the power to li people up’ to li people up’ to li people up’

Music has been the best channel for me to help people, because music has the power to li people up’

MICK JAGGER spends four days at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival and tells Songlines of his longstanding enthusiasm for all kinds of Indian music.

Angélique

Angélique Angélique Angélique

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Kidjo

A WORLD OF MUD After 17 years at Rivermead in Reading, WOMAD moves to Charlton Park, Wiltshire – and turns into WOMUD.

Charlie Gillett 1942-2010 ‘It was impossible not to be affected by his honesty, integrity, sense of humour, spontaneity, intelligence,

Charlie Gillett 1942-2010 ‘It was impossible not to be affected by his honesty, integrity, sense of humour, spontaneity, intelligence,

kindness, wisdom, warmth and humility,’ colleague Alan Finkel kindness, wisdom, warmth and humility,’ colleague Alan Finkel about the radio DJ.

about the radio DJ.

AWARD WINNERS

AWARD WINNERS

Lhasa de Sela 1972-2010 The Mexican-American singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 3

Lhasa de Sela 1972-2010 The Mexican-American singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 3

World Music Award winner.

World Music Award winner.

Ljiljana Buttler 1944-2010 The ‘Mother of Gypsy Soul.’

Ljiljana Buttler 1944-2010 The ‘Mother of Gypsy Soul.’

The winners of the second Songlines Music Awards are Goran Bregovic´ (Best Artist), Staff Benda Bilili (Best Group), Deolinda (Newcomer, pictured below) and Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara (Cross-Cultural Collaboration).

The winners of the second Songlines Music Awards are Goran Bregovic´ (Best Artist), Staff Benda Bilili (Best Group), Deolinda (Newcomer, pictured below) and Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara (Cross-Cultural Collaboration).

Lobi Traoré 1961-2010 Funky Malian electric guitarist.

Lobi Traoré 1961-2010 Funky Malian electric guitarist.

Enrique Morente 1942-2010 Border-crossing flamenco singer.

Enrique Morente 1942-2010 Border-crossing flamenco singer.

Ruby Hunter 1955-2010 Groundbreaking Aboriginal Australian singer-songwriter.

Ruby Hunter 1955-2010 Groundbreaking Aboriginal Australian singer-songwriter.

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Rebels, provocateurs and mavericks d e r k i n ; S a n j n ; S a n j a y a y

R a m c h a n d r a n

R a m c h a n d r a n

– featured on the cover of Songlines.

Typically, the Icelandic singer had her own idiosyncratic

The human race, we are a tribe.

We’re all fucking animals, so let’s make some universal tribal

,’ she opined and went on to tell us that she didn’t feel she fitted into the ‘modern bubble’ of the pop world and regarded herself as a folk

Tinariwen, another

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Rebels, provocateurs and mavericks It was a year for mavericks, rebels and provocateurs as Manu Chao, Gogol Bordello and even Björk – whose 2007 album Volta featured collaborations with Toumani Diabaté and Konono No 1 – featured on the cover of Songlines. Typically, the Icelandic singer had her own idiosyncratic definition of world music. ‘The human race, we are a tribe. We’re all fucking animals, so let’s make some universal tribal beat,’ she opined and went on to tell us that she didn’t feel she fitted into the ‘modern bubble’ of the pop world and regarded herself as a folk musician. Meanwhile, Tinariwen, another of our cover stars with a famously rebellious past, were busily marching into the rock’n’roll mainstream and signing with Independiente, where they became label mates with Travis and Paul Weller. Songlines expanded to eight issues a year affording more space to explore themes in greater depth. Alongside our of our cover stars with a famously rebellious past, were busily marching into the rock’n’roll mainstream and signing with Independiente, where they became label mates with Travis usual bunch of interviews with K’naan, Malouma, Vieux Farka Touré, Orchestra Baobab, Bassekou Kouyaté, Damon Albarn and Andy Palacio, we reflected at length on the broader socio-political role of music. We examined the disturbing case of popular Hutu singer Simon Bikindi, whose songs were banned in Rwanda a†er the 1994 conflict and who was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for incitement to genocide. We also marked 50 years of African on the broader socio-political role of music. We examined the disturbing case of popular Hutu singer whose songs were banned in Rwanda a†er the 1994 conflict and who was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for incitement to genocide. We also marked 50 years of African independence since Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country to break its colonial shackles in 1957; marked independence since Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country to break its colonial shackles in 1957; marked the opening of the International Slavery Museum the opening of the International Slavery Museum in

Liverpool by looking at slavery’s musical heritage

Liverpool by looking at slavery’s musical heritage and remembered and remembered Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (le†)

ten years a†er his death. But we hadn’t forgotten ten years a†er his death. But we hadn’t forgotten how to shimmy and shake as we laid bare the how to shimmy and shake as we laid bare the expanded world of bellydance, and the twinkle-footed Pelé selected tracks for our covermount CD,

world of bellydance, and the twinkle-footed Pelé selected tracks for our covermount CD,

explaining that Brazilian footballers play the beautiful game with the same explaining that Brazilian footballers play the beautiful game with the same in greater depth. Alongside our swing of the hips as a samba dancer…

swing of the hips as a samba dancer…

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MUSICAL GEMS Our Greatest Albums You’ve Never Heard feature includes littleknown gems by Java’s Idjah Hadidjah, Serbia’s Boris Kovac , Uganda’s Bernard Kabanda and South Africa’s Felix Laband.

Bernard Kabanda and South Africa’s Felix Laband.

‘It is impossible not to be political in this world… if you make art and you don’t feel you are connected with politics then it’s like painting the walls of a ship while it’s sinking’ Turkish rocker Gaye Su Akyol in #142

GAYE SU AKYOL

GAYE SU AKYOL

Fantasy is Reality Gaye Su Akyol is taking the world by storm with her psychedelic, surrealist take on Turkish rock. She tells Robert Rigney how she bridges worlds: between East and West, fantasy and reality, old and new is Reality Gaye Su Akyol is taking the world by storm with her psychedelic, surrealist take on Turkish rock. She tells Robert Rigney how she bridges worlds: between East and West, fantasy and reality, old and new

AWARD WINNERS The winners of the sixth BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music are Ali Farka Touré, Camille, Debashish Bhattacharya, Ghada Shbeir, Gogol Bordello, Gotan Project, K’naan, Mahmoud Ahmed, Maurice El Médioni (below) & Roberto Rodriguez.

REFUGEE VOICES Refugee Week celebrates its 20th anniversary with the album Stimela!, featuring artists including 47SOUL and Josephine Oniyama

REFUGEE VOICES Refugee Week celebrates its 20th anniversary with the album Stimela!, featuring artists including 47SOUL and Josephine Oniyama

On a sultry summer night in south-east Turkey, the sounds of yet another open-air wedding are coming in through the window — the Oriental melodies and throbbing beat of a Turkish wedding sound-system, mingled with scattered gunshots. The people here are semi-rural, religious, conservative and Erdoğan-voting. It is a far cry from Kadıköy, Istanbul’s secular, Asian-side, Westernised centre, where a couple of days before I meet with Gaye Su Akyol, one of Turkey’s most original and enigmatic voices. The beer and rakı flow freely in this oasis of hedonism, where headscarves are a rarity and tattoos the norm.

n a sultry summer night in south-east Turkey, the sounds of yet another open-air wedding are coming in through the window — the Oriental melodies and throbbing beat of a Turkish wedding sound-system, mingled with scattered gunshots. The people here are semi-rural, religious, conservative and Erdoğan-voting. It is a far cry from Kadıköy, Istanbul’s secular, Asian-side, Westernised centre, where a couple of days before I meet with Gaye Su Akyol, one of Turkey’s most original and enigmatic voices. The beer and rakı flow freely in this oasis of hedonism, where headscarves are a rarity and tattoos the norm.

While across Turkey posters can be seen bearing the visage of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan thanking the local populace — be it city or district — for handing him the majority vote in the country’s general election in June, in Kadıköy there are no such posters, for this is a hotbed of support for the CHP, the Kemalist, secular opposition party. This is also where Akyol was born and lives today, and this is where we meet — in Bina, a cool, understated bar and café, which other Turkish musicians have described to me somewhat derisively as ‘Kadıköy’s biggest hipster hotspot.’

While across Turkey posters can be seen bearing the visage of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan thanking the local populace — be it city or district — for handing him the majority vote in the country’s general election in June, in Kadıköy there are no such posters, for this is a hotbed of support for the CHP, the Kemalist, secular opposition party. This is also where Akyol was born and lives today, and this is where we meet — in Bina, a cool, understated bar and café, which other Turkish musicians have described to me somewhat derisively as ‘Kadıköy’s biggest hipster hotspot.’

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR

But Akyol is no hipster, god forbid. She is far too quirky and original, both in her look and style of singing. Sitting opposite me I can’t help feeling that there is something Björk-like in her demeanour. Her eyes are heavily made up, mysterious, sphinxlike, with black and white dots painted on her lower lids that make her look a little out of this world, in keeping with the surreal, spacey nature of her songs.

But Akyol is no hipster, god forbid. She is far too quirky and original, both in her look and style of singing. Sitting opposite me I can’t help feeling that there is something Björk-like in her demeanour. Her eyes are heavily made up, mysterious, sphinxlike, with black and white dots painted on her lower lids that make her look a little out of this world, in keeping with the surreal, spacey nature of her songs.

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A y l i n n

G ü n g ö r

G ü n g ö r

BASSEKOU KOUYATÉ Bassekou had been a top Malian sideman for years, but Segu Blue, his debut as a bandleader with Ngoni ba, is a revelation.

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Sitting next to her is Ali Güçlü Şimşek, her guitarist, boyfriend, manager and, together with Akyol, co-owner of

Sitting next to her is Ali Güçlü Şimşek, her guitarist, boyfriend, manager and, together with Akyol, co-owner of

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TOP FIVE CDs

‘It’s tough being called a world music act.

Kids in America don’t buy anything out of that section! We make global Gypsy rock’n’roll’

TWEET! Birds seem to be a common inspirational theme with Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, Catrin & Seckou’s SOAR, Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance and Inge Thompson’s Northern Flyway project.

TWEET! Birds seem to be a common inspirational theme with Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales, Catrin & Seckou’s SOAR, Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance and Inge Thompson’s Northern Flyway project.

Eugene Hütz redefines Gogol Bordello redefines Gogol Bordello

Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara Soul Science Fanfare Ciocărlia Queens & Kings Lau Lightweights & Gentlemen Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective Wátina Various Artists The Imagined Village

Blue Planet Sir David Attenborough was first interviewed in #2, but it took another 19 years for him to make it onto the cover. Aged 92, he was as insightful and inspiring as ever, as he explained to us the provenance of the field recordings he made half a century ago and celebrated their rediscovery by BBC producer Julian May in the BBC’s vaults. We released a double album of the recordings on Wrasse Records (right).

Blue Planet Blue Planet Sir David Attenborough was first interviewed in #2, but it took another 19 years for him to make it onto the cover. Aged 92, he was as insightful and inspiring as ever, as he explained to us the provenance of the field recordings he made half a century ago and celebrated their rediscovery by BBC producer Julian May in the BBC’s vaults. We released a double album of the recordings on Wrasse Records (right).

LOST IN ACTION

In addition, we made cover stars of Turkey’s Gaye Su Akyol, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Palestinian hip-hoppers 47SOUL, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara and the dynamic force that is the Ivory Coast’s Dobet Gnahoré. Femi and Seun Kuti talked about the Afrobeat legacy of their legendary father Fela. We marked the 70th anniversary

In addition, we made cover stars of Turkey’s Gaye Su Akyol, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Palestinian hip-hoppers 47SOUL, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara and the dynamic force that is the Ivory Coast’s Dobet Gnahoré. Femi and Seun Kuti talked about the Afrobeat legacy of their legendary father Fela. We marked the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush with a feature

Empire Windrush with a feature celebrating the musical contribution immigrants from the Caribbean have made to British culture. We illustrated the story with a cover photograph of a beaming celebrating the musical contribution immigrants from the Caribbean have made to British culture. We illustrated the story with a cover photograph of a beaming Calypso Rose,

who appeared in Anthony Joseph’s Windrush: A Celebration concert at the Barbican Centre.

who appeared in Anthony Joseph A Celebration concert at the Barbican Centre.

Elsewhere we put the spotlight on Morocco with Andy Morgan’s feature about the glories of Gnawa and examined the appalling gender imbalance in UK music through the lens of GRRRL, the six-strong collective who are tackling the issue head on and inspiring a new, selfconfident generation of female performers. We’re pleased to say that Songlines’ gender balance saw female artists appear on five of our ten covers in the course of the year – in stark contrast to the alarming statistic that women represented only three per cent of headline festival acts in the UK.

Elsewhere we put the spotlight on Morocco with Andy Morgan’s feature about the glories of Gnawa and examined the appalling gender imbalance in UK music through the lens of GRRRL, the six-strong collective who are tackling the issue head on and inspiring a new, selfconfident generation of female performers. We’re pleased to say that Songlines’ gender balance saw female artists appear on five of our ten covers in the course of the year – in stark contrast to the alarming statistic that women represented only three per cent of headline festival acts in the UK.

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Lydia Mendoza 1916-2007

Lydia Mendoza 1916-2007

‘La Alondra de la Frontera (The Lark of the Border) and the queen of Tejano, conjunto

‘La Alondra de la Frontera’ (The Lark of the Border) and the queen of Tejano, conjunto and traditional Tex-Mex music, who found fame with Arhoolie Records.

music, who found fame with Arhoolie Records.

‘When I think of my growing up in Somalia, I don’t think of it just as growing up in Somalia, I don’t think of it just as running from bullets. I think of the poetry and storytelling, of walking to the ocean, of having at my disposal some of the most physically beautiful scenes

I think of the poetry and storytelling, of walking to the ocean, of having at my disposal some of the most physically beautiful scenes in the world’ K’n aan explains there’s more to Somalia than war more to Somalia than war

Lucky Dube 1964-2007 The biggest-selling reggae artist in Africa, Dube’s songs kept alive the roots spirit of Bob Marley and the Wailers. He translated the militant socio-political message of Jamaican music to find new resonance in the themes of displacement and racism in South African apartheid sociež.

Lucky Dube 1964-2007 The biggest-selling reggae artist in Africa, Dube’s songs kept alive the roots spirit of Bob Marley and the Wailers. He translated the militant socio-political message of Jamaican music to find new resonance in the themes of displacement and racism in South African apartheid sociež.

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AWARD WINNERS

Oumou Sangaré (Best Artist and Africa & Middle East), Canzoniere Grecanico

Salentino (Best Group), Maya Youssef

(Newcomer), Rhiannon Giddens (Americas), Black String (Asia & Pacific),

Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band (Europe), Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet

(Fusion), Angélique Kidjo (World Pioneer, pictured with Fatou)

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR

BCUC Arguably the finest band to come out of the townships since the end of apartheid, the Soweto septet BCUC (aka Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) thrilled festival audiences with their live act on the festival circuit and made a similar impression with album Emakhosini.

‘One day he asked me if I liked garlic and I

said, ‘Yes a lot,’ he said, ‘Wow I can’t believe it, a woman who likes garlic!’’ Laura Piazzolla on falling in love with Astor

Laura Piazzolla on falling in love with Astor in #142

in #142

‘Being married to George gave me a crash course in Indian music… he wanted people to understand and be moved by the music he loved’ Olivia Harrison on being married to a world music-loving

Beatle in #138

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TOP FIVE CDs

AMMAR 808 Maghreb United Anandi Bhattacharya Joys Abound Black String Mask Dance Fatoumata Diawara Fenfo Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita SOAR Small Island Big Song Small Island Big Song

LOST IN ACTION

Hugh Masekela 1939-2018 Legendary South African trumpeter, singer, bandleader and icon.

Liam O’Flynn 1945-2018 Uilleann piper and founder member of Planx  who also recorded with Kate Bush and Enya.

Kassé Mady Diabaté 1949-2018

Revered Malian singer with a soulful voice rooted in the Mande griot tradition.

Khaira Arby 1959-2018 Malian singer known as the

‘Nightingale of Timbuktu’.

Rachid Taha 1958-2018 Algerian rai rebel who sang with Carte de Séjour and then launched a solo career.

Mamane Barka 1959-2018 Niger’s champion of the five-string biram, which he saved from extinction.

Kak Channthy 1980-2018 Frontwoman with Cambodian

Space Project known as ‘the barefoot diva of the rice fields’.

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