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WEST COAST OF THE WORLD
If Obama makes it to the White House, then maybe San Francisco’s Rupa & The April Fishes – with their multi-cultural, multilingual, ultra-accessible music – ought to be the new USA’s flagship band. Elizabeth Kinder meets them in London.

Rupa & The April Fishes
Photo: Judith Burrows
 
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Here's what's in fRoots, No. 304, October 2008

THE EDITOR’S BOX
Ian Anderson’s comment column.
fROOTS PLAYLIST
Recent stuff we like.
CHARTS & LISTS
Specialist and general roots music album sales and airplay charts.
REVIEWS
Our key section reviewing all the latest CDs and more - loads bite the dust. No punches pulled!
ROOTING ABOUT
What’s happening: packed pages of festivals, gigs, tours, radio, CDs and all kinds of roots-related stuff. The most you’ll find anywhere…
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: Casamance kora player Jali Fily Cissokho, Danish folk rock band Afenginn, mandolin maestro Chris Thile's latest project The Punch Brothers, English folk rockers Wheeler St, and young Irish singer Cara Dillon in the Rocket Launcher questionnaire.
WEST COAST OF THE WORLD
If Obama makes it to the White House, then maybe San Francisco’s Rupa & The April Fishes – with their multi-cultural, multilingual, ultra-accessible music – ought to be the new USA’s flagship band. Elizabeth Kinder meets them in London.
A BAND FOR LIFE
The Ale Möller band mix the musics of members from Sweden, Greece, Senegal, Mexico and Quebec in a glorious whole, a culmination of Ale’s explorations down the years. Andrew Cronshaw hops over to Sweden to find out how it all came to pass.
A TALE OF TWO FESTIVALS
It’s been a good summer for alfresco music events of all shapes and sizes. Colin Irwin took his umbrella to the UK’s famed Cambridge Folk Festival, while Elizabeth Kinder got the parasol option at Croatia’s tiny Ethnoambient. Lots of photos: Judith Burrows.
CONGO BASICS
Congolese musicians do the best they can with what they’ve got in a country on its knees from war and a collapsed economy. Zoe Marriage reports from Kinshasa on the struggles of Show Musica.
ADDIS GOES DUB
Just how did the man they call Dubulah end up in Real World studios with a crack team of Ethiopian singers and musicians? Elizabeth Kinder investigates.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
At 92, Honeyboy Edwards is the last of the pre-war Mississippi country blues men still actively touring. Dave Peabody kept a diary of their 2008 adventures around the UK.
LIVE!
Turkey's Kardes Turkuler, Hungary's Palya Bea Quintet.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon considers the audience.
CELEBRITY CORNER
Germaine Greer reviews Stubble by Blue Blokes 3, as told to Gordon Neill. Maybe.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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