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NATIONAL TREASURES
Tal National are as good an advert as it gets for pride in multi-ethnicity. And a brilliant dance band too. Andy Morgan tells their story through the prism of Niger’s post-colonial history.

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Here's what's in the November 2015 issue of fRoots, No. 389
 
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THE EDITOR’S BOX
Ian Anderson’s comment column.
RANTING AND REELING
Tim Chipping’s monthly column.
THE ELUSIVE ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST
Elizabeth Kinder’s monthly 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…
fROOTS 56
Your free download compilation album.
ROOT SALAD
A cross-section of featurettes: French band Moriarty, American old time fiddler Rayna Gellert, Tibet’s Ngawang Lodup, a pair of Polish festivals, London-based Greek band Kourelou, 19th century English tunesmith J Warwick Moore, La Reunion’s all-women maloya band Simangavole, and the rather legendary Champion Doug Veitch answering the Rocket Launcher questions.
NATIONAL TREASURES
Tal National are as good an advert as it gets for pride in multi-ethnicity. And a brilliant dance band too. Andy Morgan tells their story through the prism of Niger’s post-colonial history.
LIVING DOLL
Hannah James has given up the safety net of duos, trios and bands and is heading out with a solo show. Tim Chipping is intrigued.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Sidmouth Folk Week rarely disappoints, and 2015 was one of the best. Judith Burrows roamed with camera while Tim Chipping got far too happy.
MAGICAL REALISM
Toto La Momposina, like Gabriel Garcia Marquez for whom she sang, draws her inspiration from daily living. an outsize reality. Elizabeth Kinder has another visitor to her kitchen.
OCEAN WAVES
Bas Springer heads down to the Indian Ocean for summer festivals in Madagascar and La Reunion.
MacCOLL REMEMBERED
Marking a hundred years since the controversial figure’s birth, Oysterband’s Ian Telfer takes a fresh look at the music and politics of Ewan MacColl.
BIFF!
Our exclusive cartoon strip.
Plus dozens of pages of essential adverts.

 

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