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OVERCOMING ALL THE ODDS
As anybody who has seen the recent documentary film about their extraordinary story will know, Staff Benda Bilili’s international success has been more than deserved. Story: Jon Lusk. Photos: Judith Burrows.

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This month’s issue

Here’s what’s in fRoots, No. 338/339, August/September 2011

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!
COMPETITIONS!
Win win win! DVDs and CDs here.
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: “DADGAD Lady” Sarah McQuaid, Peru-born Okinawan singer Lucy, London-bsased Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, Way Of The Morris film director Tim Plester, and Justin Adams answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
OVERCOMING ALL THE ODDS
As anybody who has seen the recent documentary film about their extraordinary story will know, Staff Benda Bilili’s international success has been more than deserved. Story: Jon Lusk. Photos: Judith Burrows.
GETTING FRESH
If you thought that folk was getting way too popular lately, prepare to be shocked by the notion of it being involved in marketing cosmetics and spa treatments. Elizabeth Kinder isn’t complaining though…
THE KURDISH WAY
Since she graced the cover of fRoots back in 2004, Aynur has become the most renowned Kurdish folk artist living in Turkey – something of a breakthrough for this marginalised minority. Nick Hobbs hears progress.
DE DANNAN MAN
Variations on classic Irish bands are getting even more confusing than line-ups of old American soul groups. Frankie Gavin, fresh from fiddling for Obama, sorts out Colin Irwin with a who’s why and where the ‘n’s go.
MOON MARIMBAS
New York’s Timbila are taking the music of Zimbabwe and Mozambique on a planetary cruise. The UK’s own mbira queen Zuzana Novak meets up with kindred spirits Nora Balaban and Banning Eyre.
DANCING ENGLAND
It’s a century since Cecil Sharp established the English Folk Dance Society in 1911. Derek Schofield looks back at the changing fates and fashions of folk dancing down the subsequent years.
ACADEMY WARD
Veena player Hari Sivanesan has been this year’s beneficiary of Radio 3’s artist mentoring scheme, the World Routes Academy. The BBC’s Hélène Frisby has the travelling tales.
ETHIOPIAN STRIPES
Switzerland’s Imperial Tiger Orchestra have already taken their Ethiopian-inspired music to Addis Ababa and as far as Cape Town. Elisabeth Stoudmann talks to founder Raphael Anker.
MAZURKA WORLD
It’s a dance, a way of life and the ancestor of Swedish polska. Andrew Cronshaw took notebook and camera to Warsaw and immersed himself in mazurka culture.
ALL WE SURVEYED
We’ve been busy logging all the information you provided us in our 2011 readership survey. Do you match the average reader profile? And did you tell us something you thought we should know? All fRoots human’s life and matching opinions are here!
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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