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One metal violin is so beautiful, it’s a shock when you realise it is made out of four revolvers

ith its dramatic gunshot sounds, ‘Welcome to Tijuana’ was one of the most memorable songs on Manu Chao’s 1998 album Clandestino, referencing Mexico’s escalating drug wars and the horrific violence they brought with them. A direct connection between the bloodshed and music is made in the fascinating sculptures by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes that are currently on show at London’s Lisson Gallery. One metal violin is so beautiful, with its almost baroque curves and decorations, that it’s a shock when you realise it is made out of four revolvers, with a rifle barrel as the fingerboard. Reyes has made over 50 musical instruments out of thousands of weapons seized in the border town of Ciudad Juárez for the Disarm exhibition, which is on show until May 4. There are guitars, flutes, panpipes, a xylophone and even banjos. A video downstairs shows the weapons being crushed by tanks and steamrollers before being made into instruments by Reyes. A beautiful psaltery (zither) stands with four pistols as legs. The elegant body of a bass guitar is made out of the magazines that hold the rounds on a Kalashnikov assault rifle. “It’s taking an agent of death,” says Reyes, “and converting it into an instrument of life.” There is, alarmingly, a simple charm to a tambourine that just happens to have been made from three steel magazines joined in a triangle with delicate jingles: a vivid juxtaposition of violence and pleasure. “Weapons make people rush to their homes in fear and abandon the streets,” explains Reyes, “but music has the opposite effect. It brings people together and reclaims the cities for the people.” Working with groups of musicians, Reyes has given several musical performances and, as you might perhaps expect, the music sounds like heavy metal. The Mexican drug wars have their own musical genre, of course: the narcocorrido, a form of Mexican folk with accordions, brass and outrageous hats. But the video to a song such as ‘El Regreso de la Fiera’, by contemporary mariachi band Los Buknas de Culiacan, shows the results of all those guns in action. It’s enough to send you to scurrying back to our cover star Manu Chao’s ‘Welcome to Tijuana’ which, despite the gunshots, doesn’t seem to be about anything stronger than marijuana. Read all more about Chao and the dramatic creation of his classic album, Clandestino, on p30. And be sure to turn to p28 to discover the winners of this year’s Songlines Music Awards. Congratulations to them – and to the nominees – who are all featured on our compilation album. It’s exciting to see how many festivals around the world they are playing at – even relative newcomers like Zimbabwe’s terrific Mokoomba. We’ll be running a full report on them soon.

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Goran Bregovic´ ‘Be That Man’

From the album Champagne for Gypsies on Wrasse Records “Goran is quite rock’n’roll… We just wrote this track pretty much from scratch. It was a true cooperation, you know?”

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Kozak System ‘Shablia’

From the album Shablia on Kozak System Records “It’s pretty confident, what they are doing. There’s just a lot of the metal/punk element to it, and the ethnic element is quite strong.”

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Kapelle Böllberg ‘Mädchenpop’

From the album Kapelle Böllberg on Kapelle Böllberg Records “First of all, I love that track, and it’s an instant charmer, you know? It’s a band produced by a friend of mine, the drummer from Mano Chao’s band Radio Bemba.”

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A Tribe Called Red ‘Electric Pow Wow Drum’

From the album A Tribe Call Red on A Tribe Called Red Records “I love A Tribe Called Red… This is a really successful way of combining electronic music with that culture.”

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Seu Jorge and Almaz ‘The Model’

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– from these countries’. I said ‘man, let me bring this all the way back home.’” And so the idea of Casa Gogol was born. Located in his childhood home of Kiev and due to open this summer, Casa Gogol is a venue that Hütz hopes will encourage that same sense of cross-cultural collaboration between Balkan and Latin cultures. “It’s going to be a fun place where I can really let hell loose, without asking anybody what the curfew is.” Happy to show off other local Ukrainian talent, Hütz has chosen the band Kozak System as his second track. “This is a very fresh new band from the Ukraine,” he tells me, explaining how they formed just last year after taking on members of the now defunct band Haydamaky. “There’s a lot of the metal/punk element to it, and the ethnic element is quite strong.” While Hütz is most comfortable as an outsider, he highly respects music successfully put together by someone from within a tradition. The Canadian-based band, A Tribe Called Red, mix hip-hop, dance and aboriginal Canadian music to create their own genre of urban pow wow music. “There are just so many attempts where people take samples and try to overlap their music with it, but this is a really successful way of combining electronic music with that culture. You can tell that these are people who are on the inside of that tradition.” Also on Hütz’s playlist is the German band Kapelle Böllberg’s ‘Mädchenpop,’ produced by the drummer from Manu Chao’s band. “I think you can hear a bit of a Radio Bemba vibration in there; this simple street vibe to it that’s crafted to a masterful level.” For his final playlist track, Hütz has chosen ‘The Model’ by Seu Jorge and Almaz. “I actually find myself listening to Seu Jorge much too much! It’s getting to a level where I’m getting bootlegs and stuff like that. He’s a natural-born dramatist. Anything he says tells a story in a language that you don’t have to know. It’s like a stream of beautiful energy that has so many shades, you know? This is a fun track.” So what’s next for the Gyspy punkster? He’s just finished recording a new Gogol Bordello album due out in July. After years of touring and recording together, the album reflects a new attitude for the band. “Suddenly we came to a different place, where we started feeling like we’ve been in the trenches together. We grew up together. It’s a really great feeling, and so the album is very uplifting in each and every way.” Titled Pura Vida Conspiracy, Hütz says it should serve as “a reminder to all the people who are too focused on everything that’s going wrong. It’s like, people wake the fuck up – 50% of things are actually going right all the time!” Expect something almost primordial from the band. “Like dancing around the fire together, it takes a lot of circles around the fire before the dance really starts cooking,” Hütz explains. “And now it’s really fucking cooking and everybody knows it. It’s that kind of vibe, like a transformational shebangatron!” ALBUM Pura Vida Conspiracy will be released this July PODCAST Hear a bonus track by Mariachi el Bronx, chosen by Eugene Hütz, on this issue’s podcast Songlines 11


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“An activist, using music for pleasure and power,” is how Jude Kelly, artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre, succinctly described Angélique Kidjo when she introduced the Women of the World concert last month. Although petite, Kidjo is a bundle of energy and packs a mighty punch on stage. She’s made songs like ‘Malaika’ and ‘Redemption Song’ her own, while her songs ‘Agolo’ and ‘Batonga’ have become signature pieces. Angélique Kidjo was born in Cotonou, Benin. She started singing at an early age, but was forced to move to Paris in 1983 when Benin became a Marxist dictatorship. In Paris her career took off and she was discovered by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records. It was Logozo (1991), her first album for the label, which brought her to an international audience. Since then she’s won a Grammy for Djin Djin (2007), become a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and co-founded the Batonga Foundation for girls’ education in Africa. As a youth in Benin, Kidjo was inspired by South African singer Miriam Makeba at a time when social opinion of singers was low. “Miriam Makeba was the African role model I needed.” In a way, since Makeba’s death in 2008 Kidjo has stepped into her shoes – almost literally in the film Mama Africa, a celebration of Makeba’s life. Kidjo has received many accolades, including being described by Time magazine as ‘Africa’s premier diva,’ yet hearing of her Songlines Music Award her reaction was “Woah! I’m so proud!”

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The mighty collective that is Dub Colossus are no strangers to the Songlines Music Awards, having been nominated last year. This time it’s finally their turn in the spotlight, with a well-deserved win for the powerful grooves of their latest release. Nick Page is the man who put Dub Colossus together. A former member of Transglobal Underground, he first travelled to Addis Ababa in 2006 to collaborate with Ethiopian musicians, and immersed himself in traditional azmari styles, Ethiopian pop and jazz. He met up with the female vocalist Tsedenia Gebremarkos, a highly successful African pop star, and Sintayehu ‘Mimi’ Zenebe who’s been described as ‘Ethiopia’s Édith Piaf.’ Also key to Dub Colossus’ sound are the pianist Samuel Yirga, learned jazz saxophonist Feleke Hailu and the azmari folk singer Teremage Woretaw, who also plays the one-stringed mesenqo violin. Their debut album, 2008’s A Town Called Addis, mixed their many Ethiopian influences with heady dub bass and beats, while its follow-up, Addis Through the Looking Glass, refined their sound. Dub Me Tender Vol 1+2, as the name suggests, heard Page giving his passion for dub free rein, re-imagining Dub Colossus’ finest moments with help from singer Mykaell Riley of the legendary 70s group Steel Pulse. Their storming concerts last year, where they performed these versions live, attest to how well the album worked, with their traditional Ethiopian roots enriched by the authentic reggae of Riley’s vocals and the sublime Horns of Negus brass section.

This has been Mokoomba’s year. The funky six-piece from Zimbabwe have impressed crowds everywhere they’ve played and it’s impossible to resist the danceable charm of their international debut Rising Tide. The sheer number of ‘Best of 2012’ lists they have appeared on is a testament to that. From the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe, the members of Mokoomba are childhood friends who grew up making music together. The area is home to the Tonga ethnic group, which has its own distinct musical styles. Much of Mokoomba’s music draws on this but their influences also stretch further afield – Afro-salsa, Congolese rumba, reggae and more – creating a truly pan-African sound that is bursting with raw energy. Frontman Mathias Muzaza’s incredible voice is the band’s secret weapon. Equally able to growl over funky guitar riffs or powerfully belt it out, Muzaza lends the band their signature sound. On Rising Tide, the whole band – Muzaza, Trustworth Samende on guitar, Abundance Mutori on bass, Donald Moyo on keyboards, Costa Ndaba Moyo on drums and Miti Mugande on percussion – are tied beautifully together by the slick production of Ivorian bassist Manou Gallo of Zap Mama. With a European tour on the horizon, which is due to include festivals like the Essaouira Gnawa & World Music Festival, Africa Oyé and WOMAD Charlton Park, it looks like their upwards momentum won’t be stopping anytime soon. A rising tide indeed!

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The collective of musicians from the south-west of France known as Lo’Jo has been going strong for 30 years now. Their tenth album, Cinéma el Mundo, betrays no sign at all that they intend to slow down, and features prestigious musical guests such as the legendary Robert Wyatt (who opens the album intoning in French) and Ibrahim Ag Alhabib from Tinariwen. Back in 1982, Lo’Jo’s lead singer Denis Péan and his violinist friend Richard Bourreau started playing and recording together. Both were studying classical music, but were just as interested in the music of Léo Ferré, John Coltrane and punk. They were invited to contribute music to performances by a local street-theatre company called Jo Bithune, and toured the world with them as part of a show called Décrocher La Lune (Unhook the Moon). It exposed them to many different genres of music, and they returned home from their travels with a collection of new instruments and influences from Mali, Turkey, Egypt and Cambodia. Péan and Bourreau have remained the core of Lo’Jo over several line-up changes across the years. The band is currently a six-piece, with Middle Eastern harmonies provided by the singing sisters Nadia and Yasmina Nid el Mourid, bass from Nicolas ‘Kham’ Meslien and drums by Baptiste Brondy. Lo’Jo have embraced French chanson and musette, jaunty reggae, African, Arabic and Gypsy flavours; they are a world music institution that remains stylishly, quintessentially French.

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hey weep, they faint and some go into a trance in jam-packed concert halls, while scores of others sway uncontrollably in the aisles. It may be a nail-biting moment for the health and safety police but these scenes are typical at an Abida Parveen concert. The Pakistani singer really has to be seen to be believed; her numerous recordings rarely do full justice to her electrifying live performances. At a stadium performance in Lahore, Peter Gabriel’s Real World label representatives were hugely impressed: ‘The power was like at a heavy metal concert – but it was only Abida accompanied by a percussionist and a harmonium.’ She is, undoubtedly, one of the world’s greatest singers and Pakistan’s only internationally renowned female singer of Sufi music. A woman in what has always been a man’s world, Parveen is truly one of a kind. Born in Larkana in the Pakistani province of Sindh in 1954, she was drawn to mysticism at a young age and was initially trained by her father, Ghulam Haidar – an established classical vocalist of his time. In a radical departure from the norm, Haidar not only nurtured his daughter’s immense talent but also, bypassing his sons, named her his musical successor when she was just five years old. Parveen’s repertoire consists largely of Sufi poetry in the Sindhi and Punjabi languages and Saraiki dialect, although she also sings a number of ghazals (rhyming couplets) in Urdu or Farsi. A great deal of her Punjabi repertoire overlaps with the texts sung in qawwali (Sufi devotional music), notably those performed by her near contemporary, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, causing some to dub her a ‘female qawwal’ – a label that made her uncomfortable despite the fact that her performances can be just as spiritually uplifting as that of Khan. Her forte, however, is kafi, a song form invented by the mystic poet-musician Shah Abdul Latif (1690-1752) from her native province Sindh in Pakistan, dotted with Sufi tombs. Kafi differs markedly from ghazal and qawwali. Ghazal is a literary genre that can also be read, and qawwali relies heavily on a chorus of male voices and rhythmic clapping. But kafi is primarily a solo genre designed only to be sung. Many author-composers clearly specify the raga, or melodic framework, the singer should use. Also, unlike qawwali’s carefree abandon, which aims to heighten spiritual awareness in listeners through frenzied rhythms and syncopated clapping, kafi is a somewhat softer, more reflective genre. Blending sadness with joy, www.songlines.co.uk

“When somebody listens to this music, it is their heart, their soul that is listening…” it’s akin to a heart-wrenching symphony that nevertheless ends on an optimistic note. Parveen’s best-loved and most popular numbers include verses not only from Shah Abdul Latif but from all the prominent mystic poets of the region, often inserting the verses of several poets into the same song. Her huge international success is perhaps not as surprising as her complete – and unconditional – acceptance in her native Pakistan, where Sufi music either belongs to hereditary male qawwals, or to the many solo male artists who specialise in singing Sufi verse. Women are even frequently relegated to the back rows as listeners. But the male/female divide rapidly melts into insignificance the minute Abida Parveen strikes the first note with her exceptionally deep and powerfully controlled voice. Anyone who has attended her concerts will testify that she appears wholly ecstatic, as though on some spiritual sojourn of her own, and totally oblivious to the impact she’s having on her audiences. For her, the performance of this music is, in itself, an act of devotion: “There is a message in this music, the Sufi message of love,” she said in an interview for the Channel 4 documentary Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam, adding, “when somebody listens to this music, it is their heart, their soul that is listening…” Parveen has been going from strength to strength since the late 80s, with a sparkling international career that has seen her appearing on reality TV shows and judging talent contests and in India. The latest of these was the controversial Sur Kshetra, which was a (supposedly) peaceful battle of musical notes with India pitted against Pakistan. She is by no means the first Pakistani artist to have achieved this god-like status on Indian TV. But she is definitely the first talent-show judge to flatly refuse to mark down a not-so-good contestant on the grounds that he was singing her sacred and beloved Sufi poetry, albeit a little out of tune. podcast Hear music from Abida Parveen on this issue’s podcast DATE Abida Parveen will be performing at the Manchester International Festival on July 6

BEST ALBUMS Songs of the Mystics (Navras, 2000) This album was recorded at a time when Parveen was beginning to get noticed outside of Pakistan but had yet to be embraced by India and its gigantic Bollywood music machine. It features all her famous numbers including kafis, a couple of Urdu ghazals and a thumri (light classical song) in Hindi. ‘Ishq: Supreme Love (Accords Croisés, 2005) One of her finest albums, this features her usual repertoire but with the most amazing sound quality. French bansuri flute player Henri Tournier contributes a lovely breathy texture, improvising around her every vocal nuance. The flute is no stranger to this genre – there are numerous songs which feature mystical folk heroes that play the instrument. This is a terrific studio recording. Visal: Mystic Poets from the Hindi and the Sind (World Village, 2002) Another outstanding album featuring some rarely-heard numbers and, again, beautifully enhanced by Henri Tournier’s bansuri. The Very Best of Abida (Times Music, 2005) There are numerous compilations – in fact the majority of her albums are compilations – of which The Very Best of Abida stands out with its well-balanced mix of her traditional and modern repertoire.

BEST AVOIDED Sufiana Safar (Winjit Technologies, 2012) An Indian recording – of which there are many – where her original old vocals are needlessly overlaid with mechanical muzak-style percussion and orchestral tracks. LIKE ABIDA PARVEEN? THEN TRY…

Pathanay Khan, Hamid Ali Bela or Tufail Niyazi Pakistan’s top three legendary kafi singers – all men, of course. All have very different styles of singing but essentially perform the same repertoire as Abida Parveen.

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On your free CD – the editor’s selection of the top ten albums reviewed in this issue

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Bombino ‘Imuhar’

From Nomad on Nonesuch Records Acclaimed Touareg guitarist receives a rock’n’roll makeover to great effect from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. See p62

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Clinton Fearon ‘Let Jah be Praised’

From Heart and Soul on Sterns Music The reggae bassist tastefully reinvents the Gladiators’ classic tracks with a stripped-down, one-man approach. See p67

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Amparo Sánchez ‘La Cuenta Atrás’

From Alma de Cantaora on Wrasse Records The singer-songwriter puts together an album of unusual, yet charming, Tex-Mex Spanish sounds. See p84

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Family Atlantica ‘Manicero’

From Family Atlantica on Soundway Records Uniting African and Latin music successfully, Family Atlantica’s debut is full of joy and adventure. See p82

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Caetano Veloso ‘Um Abraçaço’

From Abraçaço on Decca Records The iconic Brazilian composer returns with a reflective album that is packed with lament, loss and invective. See p69

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From Beyond the Ragasphere on Riverboat Records Kolkata-based Bhattacharya teams up with two guitar legends for this joyful album of raga. See p81

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Ana Moura ‘Amor Afoito’

From Desfado on Decca Records A fresh and beautifullycrafted take on traditional fado song, which benefits from the Portuguese singer’s pop sensibilities and international appeal. See p75

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Rachid Taha ‘Ana’

From Zoom on Wrasse Records The Algerian singer returns with swagger, purpose and a host of rock stars for an album that’s just as comfortable in the Arab world as it is in the West. See p64

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From Panagia on ECM Records Quiet and contemplative, Stephan Micus’ 20th album is dedicated to ‘the female energy that is everywhere in the world.’ See p83

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