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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Songlines
  • ASIN: B007BWVCI4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tenere Taqqim TossamTinariwen 4:07Album Only
Listen  2. Quarter Chicken DarkYo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile 4:47Album Only
Listen  3. Batman's UniformTrio Tekke 3:36Album Only
Listen  4. Gurh Nalon Iskh MithaThe Bollywood Brass Band, Rafaqat Ali Khan 4:43Album Only
Listen  5. Waide NaydeJuJu (Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara) 5:14Album Only
Listen  6. No Banker Left BehindRy Cooder 3:38Album Only
Listen  7. Tringo DubDub Colossus 3:44Album Only
Listen  8. Tawazon I_ BalanceKhyam Allami 3:18Album Only
Listen  9. Buleria Con RicardoAnoushka Shankar 6:06Album Only
Listen10. Viens, Viens Featuring Maurice ElWatcha Clan 4:09Album Only
Listen11. SärmäKronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen 5:40Album Only
Listen12. Corner GirlAbigail Washburn 3:27Album Only
Listen13. TenereBombino 3:36Album Only
Listen14. Shukran ArigatoHossam Ramzy 3:56Album Only
Listen15. Ü?küdarThe She'Koyokh Klezmer Ensemble 3:45Album Only
Listen16. BakonobaFatoumata Diawara 3:18Album Only

Product Description

Product Description

Now in their fourth year, the Songlines Music Awards have become one of the most coveted prizes in world music. The awards showcase outstanding talent from all corners of the globe. Former winners include Goran Bregovic, Staff Benda Bilili, Bellowhead and Amadou & Mariam. Voted by readers of Songlines magazine and the general public, there are four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer, the final nominees are the top four in each category from the public vote. Songlines is releasing a compilation album featuring all 16 nominated artists, ranging from Tinariwen to Trio Tekke, from Anoushka Shankar to Abigail Washburn

BBC Review

First things first: Songlines is a great magazine. Each of the eight issues that come out per year will satisfy the hunger and curiosity of those who wish to have their musical and geographical horizons broadened in an intelligent manner. However, they have done themselves no favours by releasing this jarring, borderline offensive, marketing department-led awards tie-in compilation.

Evidence has proven that awards ceremonies tend to favour safe or conservative consensus thinking. They can be ridden with concessionary thinking and sometimes feature judges too close to the subject. But when this is applied to the delicate arena of ‘world music’ – a dizzyingly wide selection of sounds which the magazine describes as “politics, history, ethnicity and the environment” – it appears all the more morally unedifying.

Everyone knows how good Touareg blues rockers Tinariwen are. They don’t need to win another award – especially not after releasing their least well-realised album in ages, Tassili, in the same a year that Tamikrest released the far superior Toumastin. But all of this is by the by – the real question is why have compilers included the track Tenere Taqqim Tossam, given that it is mainly sung in English by the Americans Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of Brooklyn band TV on the Radio? We all know this proud band of musician tribesmen can do better on their own and don’t need this kind of patronage.

And things get much worse. What is Ry Cooder doing here? The idea that his b-list satirical sub-prime country number No Banker Left Behind is somehow an amazing example of what ‘world music’ has to offer in 2012 is risible. But then quite a few of the ‘global brands’ here are merely presenting an ersatz, Westernised, diluted version of exciting indigenous music. Why do we have to listen to the British Bollywood Brass Band when we could be having our minds blown by Boban i Marko Marković Orkestar from Serbia? During a period where Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman is pushing his DIY rave/traditional raï hybrid into new shapes, and when Congolese dance band Konono No.1 are blazing a trail through venues across the world, why are Songlines presenting us with the Kronos Quartet from America?

The enjoyment of weird and wonderful music from around the globe doesn’t have to go hand in hand with a politically correct post-Colonial guilt complex but, whether consciously or not, the compilers of this album are suggesting that Westerners do this kind of thing a little bit better. And that’s just unforgivable.

--John Doran

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aiya on 29 Sept. 2012
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Having listened to this Cd, I can totally see why the reviews are bad. One minute into the last song, the reason i bought this CD, I went into shock at the jarring ugliness of the improv passages, which wasn't evident when one listens to the excerpts. I played the rest and I agree with the other reviewer that its unlikely I will put the cd on again for any sort of serious listening. It is going to the pile that I reach for when the pasta is cooking.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DaveT on 5 May 2012
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I am a long-standing lover of world music, my extensive collection going back to the early 1980s. I listen to no other music, and am a subscriber to Songlines. So to acquire an album suggesting that it contains music from the best of all releases in the past year and find not a single track that I want to listen to again is unbelievable. Some of the albums selected, such as Dub Colossus and Fatou, are ones I own myself, and yet the tracks selected are often the ones that would be one's last choice. Maybe this is due to licensing problems. This should be Songlines' showcase album of the year, persuading more people of the fantastic quality and variety of world music; instead, I can see any potentially interested purchaser put off for life. Music is a very personal thing and this compilation is stated as reflecting the public's choices, but I will stick to Putumayo's extraordinary range, where every album, even in genre that one has never heard of, always contains some inspiring new sounds.
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By paul nadin on 26 April 2014
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This is a great album with lots of diverse music tracks. Great way to experience differing music styles and learn new genres
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the output of our modern radio stations is narrowing all the time. The Songlines albums and annual awards at least gives some exposure to the wonderful varied music available in other countries
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