Songlines Announce 2019 Award Winners
Songlines magazine has announced a handful of its 2019 award winners, in anticipation of the second Songlines Music Awards ceremony at EartH, Hackney, on 30th November. Those winners include the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, who was triumphant in the Africa & Middle East category, Orquesta Akokán, who succeeded in the Americas category, Small Island Big Song for Asian & Pacific, Mariza for Europe, and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winners Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch in the Fusion category.
Magazine editor Jo Frost and editor-in-chief Simon Broughton announced the first crop of winners in a 2019 Awards podcast, which you can revisit here. The winner of the best artist and best group categories are yet to be announced, but Fatoumata Diawara is in with a shot at a second award in the former, while 47 Soul and Afro Celt Sound System— both of whom have graced the Band on the Wall stage — are nominated in the latter category.
Songlines magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and continues to be one of the strongest advocates for the discovery of music from around the globe. We wish them well for the upcoming ceremony and recommend checking out the details and podcast here. Stream Fatoumata Diawara’s 2018 LP Fenfo, below.
Jazzwise Release Their Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2019
Jazzwise magazine published a list of its 20 favourite jazz albums of 2019 yesterday. The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul by Branford Marsalis’ Quartet, featuring he on soprano and tenor saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums, was the overall favourite, but hats were also doffed to Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED ensemble, Michael Janisch’s band, Rymden and Yazz Ahmed.
Explore the full list with accompanying comments here and dive into Yazz Ahmed’s beautifully made and illustrated LP, Polyhymnia, below.
Snarky Puppy Perform Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music
Having recently wrapped a successful and eventful UK tour, Snarky Puppy’s Tiny Desk concert for NPR Music has landed to remind us of their remarkable virtuosity. It hears the band performing two tracks over the course of twenty minutes: a version of Tarova from their GRAMMY award-winning album Culcha Vulcha, and a version of Xavi from their new album Immigrance. Breaking with Tiny Desk tradition, bandleader Michael League decided to get the crowd — mostly consisting of staff, interns and their friends — to participate in the music, instructing them how to clap a polyrhythm that reflected the influence they have drawn from the Gnawa music of Morocco. Check out the set here.
New Sounds and Visuals
Dennis Bovell, one of the most respected names in dub reggae, has applied the dub treatment to Sarathy Korwar’sCoolie, an astonishing track telling of the historic connections between India and the Caribbean. His mix highlights Korwar’s dynamic, expressive drumming, and coats several elements in delay and reverb. Check out the digital-only Coolie EP, featuring a second remix and live version alongside the original album cut, here.
Antibalas dropped a fine track from their forthcoming project, Fu Chronicles, this week, setting the tone for an album in which Afrobeat arrangements meet Duke Amayo’s beloved kung fu. Based upon the strength of this first single, it’s going to be quite the album!
The ever-inventive Vulfpeck have released a fantastic video for Half of the Way, created by Tokyo’s Shuhey Murataand a small team. With beautiful colour grading, a sweet narrative and some funky dance routines, it reflects the joy and positivity the track encapsulates.