The new issue of Songlines, July 2013 (#93, pictured right), is on sale in the UK from today and on its way to overseas subscribers. The free 15-track compilation CD with the issue includes tracks from the ten Top of the World albums including Ravi Shankar, Femi Kuti and The Hot 8 Brass Band, plus an exclusive playlist by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
This edition also comes with a bonus CD featuring some of the best singers and instrumentalists from the world of mugham, the classical music of Azerbaijan.
The main features in the issue include: an interview with Mick Jagger written by his brother, Chris; the Top 25 Mali albums; desert stars Etran Finatawa; Frisian fado singer Nynke; a Guide to Azerbaijani mugham; Beginner’s Guide to Irakere, plus the latest news, event listings and CD, DVD, book and world cinema reviews.
This issue’s podcast features music by Ali Farka Touré and Peter Tosh, Nigel Williamson with the top five albums from our Mali cover feature and Tim Cumming discusses Frisian singer Nynke. Download the podcast here.
The Songlines Team
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Songlines Music Awards 2013 Winners’ Concert – Friday, December 13 2013
Following last year’s sell-out concert at London’s Barbican Centre, we’re delighted to announce this year’s winners’ concert on Friday December 13 featuring all four winners.
We've got a limited number of discounted tickets available to Songlines elisters until June 30. Call +44(0)20 7638 8891 quoting ‘Songlines offer’ or visit the Barbican website and use the code 13123 to claim your discount (20% off).
Click here to watch our official Songlines Music Awards 2013 winners video.
You can still purchase the official Songlines Music Awards 2013 for only £1.99 if purchased with any other world music album (offer available until June 30). Click here to buy.
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Taking place in one of the world's most iconic horticultural spots, Kew Gardens will host Kew the Music from July 9-14.
Opening this year’s festival is the American rock group Blondie, followed by new wave group The Human League, Howard Jones, Paul Weller and boogie-woogie king Jools Holland. Songlines favourites Bellowhead will play out the festival on Sunday evening, with the help of the inimitable Billy Bragg.
We have five pairs of tickets up for grabs for the Sunday to see Bellowhead and Billy Bragg. To enter simply click here.
Songlines Tablet Edition now available
Fully interactive with streaming audio, video and hyperlinks throughout, Songlines magazine is now available to read on the iPad and Android. Visit the iTunes App store or Google Play to download the Songlines App for free, which includes free access to the Songlines 75th edition (April/May 2011). Single issues are available to purchase at £3.99, or subscribe for a year at £19.99.
Songlines Digital subscribers now have FREE access to the tablet edition. Use your Songlines Digital username and password to log in.
The Kindle Fire edition can be downloaded from Amazon’s US Kindle store and a UK version will be available soon.
*The Songlines Tablet edition doesn’t include the Top of the World CD but features excerpts of each track available to stream from issue #89 (Jan/Feb 2013) onwards.
If you don’t already subscribe, sign up today to receive a choice of albums from Femi Kuti, The Hot 8 Brass Band or Etran Finatawa.
If you are already a Songlines subscriber, you can order a gift subscription for your family and friends and claim the free CD for yourself.
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Sheron Wrayis looking for two dancers to participate in a research project.
August 19thto Sept 7th. It is a professional development opportunity - bursaries will be given to cover travel (at the very least) over this three week period.
Embodiology: The Total Africological Concept of Improvisation
To improvise is to embrace uncertainty, and since life is uncertain, with the exception of its certain termination,
harnessing unbounded creativity within the constraints of any circumstance produces radiant aliveness.
This work follows on from the artistic director's consistent creative path of over twenty years of engaging dance,
music and technology through improvisation, and the objective of this project is to train a group of eight dancers
in the art of structured improvisation informed by African practices that leads to performance, Embodiology. This
research culminates in three informal performances but it will go on to serve a larger strategic project with ADAD
and the Texterritoryperformance platform which I created with Fleeta Siegel that involves the audience’s
participation via handheld technology. The training of performers in the art of performance improvisation,
sharpened by West African performance strategies, effectively leads to more efficient creative development
processes whereby the cohesion of intent and outcome are aligned more effectively – thus reducing production
time. This is not the rationale for the research, however it is a notable outcome.
A group of dancers is selected to take part in the workshop-performance which takes place between late August
and early September 2013. Embodiology is conceptually linked to West African dance practices – Yoruba and
Ewe. Improvisation, in this case involves working with a distinctive dance vocabulary, engaging in
decision-making and competitive play while complex rhythm operates as the omnipotent structuring feature.The
artists work together four days per week, including the musicians on two of those days in a dance studio space
and during one session each week there is an extensive reviewing of video documentation. The conversations
about the work form another type of documentation of the development process. A project journal is kept by the
artistic director in order to facilitate a comprehensive means to see the arc of evolution of the Embodiology
method. It is expected that a concise vocabulary will evolve to illuminate the method extending what the
workshop-leader brings to the beginning of the process.
An informal showing demonstrating the Embodiology performance method is presented in a 30-40 minute piece
performed at GDA, Dance East, with a small excerpt at the Place in Touch Wood. The performance space
permits the audience to view the performance from any side – this porosity is also drawn from a West African
aesthetic. Of particular interest are the aesthetic values in West African dance performances that permeate into
forms of dance practiced throughout the African Disapora; Hip Hop and similar hybrids arising out of urban
To apply please send CV and covering letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24thJune.
"I breathe in, I smile. I breathe out, I release, this is a wonderful moment". Eight Minutes to Equanimity. http://www.drrogerwalsh.com/
Creative Producer and International Dance Artist
Mob: +44 (0) 7973 729 376
We are now recruiting again for teachers to begin in September, please can you pass this info on to anyone you think might be interested:
Step into Dance Schools Coordinator
Royal Academy of Dance
Tel: 0207 3268036
Step into Dance is a partnership project between The Jack Petchey Foundation and the Royal Academy of Dance.
It’s with great honour that we will be hosting our first Platform East Festivaltonight at The Hat Factory, Luton on Thursday 6th June, 7:30pm.
Platform East Festival
Platform East is a unique and vibrant new arts festival celebrating fresh and creative works from emerging and established deaf and disabled artists in theatre, dance, circus arts, comedy and music. The aim of the festival is to give a platform to deaf and disabled artists who are creating new and exciting work to showcase to audiences, producers and programmers in the East and South East region.
We have an amazing line up of artists performing on the night :
Signdance Collective International
Please see the E-Flyer below for more details and we look forward to seeing you there, please spread the word to lovely people J see you soon.
Associate Producer P/TThe Hat Factory
65-67 Bute Street
Tel: 01582 878115
Over the next two week I will be in the office w/c 3rd June 2013 on Monday 3rd June, Tuesday 4th June, Wednesday 5th June and Thursday 6th June 2013 between the times of 10:30am - 18:30pm and Tuesday 11th June, Wednesday 12th June, Thursday 13th June and Friday 14th June 2013 between the times of 10:30am - 18:30pm.
Cindy Claes Productions is offering two exciting opportunities for young up-and-coming choreographers / dancers / theatre makers to get involved in their new Dancehall theatre production “Is My Whining Winding You Up?”
Two week company placement (unpaid)
17th-28th June 2013
Support the company in rehearsal as they prepare for performance (assisting with note taking, filming of rehearsals, set and props, additional running duties, etc) while having the opportunity to observe a professional company as they develop a production. Assist on the day of the performance (registering VIP’s, backstage assistance, supporting the project manager in monitoring and evaluation). The placement will also include mentoring sessions with the company's artistic director Cindy Claes.
HOW TO APPLY:
You must be over 18 yrs old and demonstrate a keen interest in this area of work. Please send a letter of support, stating why you would be right for the position to Cindy Claes: email@example.com by Fri 7th June. Interviews will be held the week of the 10th June.
23rd July 2013
Volunteer assistants required to help support a performance. Main duties to include supporting the project manager in the collection of audience evaluation and feedback through various means: documenting an artist Q&A session on film, assisting audience in completing questionnaires, filming vox pops etc as well as backstage support.
HOW TO APPLY:
Send a letter of support, stating why you would be right for the position to Cindy Claes:firstname.lastname@example.org.
**We welcome applicants who wish to apply for both positions.**
Both the June and July rehearsals/performances are taking place in London / UK .
+44 (0)7940017054 ( UK )
+ 32 (0)471677014 ( Belgium )