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‘This is the tenth anniversary of Songlines Encounters, the festival that has brought rising stars, premiere performances and exciting new collaborations from around the world to play in the superb acoustics of Kings Place. As it’s a big celebration, we’ve got an extensive line-up planned for 2020 with artists from Africa, America, Asia, the Middle East, various corners of Europe and the UK. There will be films, discussions and workshops too.’

Songlines Editor-in-Chief Simon Broughton

The second wave of events is now on sale, with more special announcements to follow over the next few weeks.

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Joan Shelley + James Elkington

Folk / Nature Unwrapped

Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer who lives near Louisville, Kentucky not far from where she grew up. Like the River Loves the Sea is her fifth album.

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London Bulgarian Choir

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

The clashing otherworldly harmonies of Bulgarian singing are one of the musical glories of Europe. In this special performance, the London Bulgarian Choir presents songs from their latest album Songs of Forbidden Love.

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VOŁOSI (London Premiere)

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

The five-strong string band VOŁOSI are one of the undiscovered treasures of Polish traditional music. Combining two classical and three folk musicians, they create a distinctive sound with a dramatic stage presence.

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Kayhan Kalhor & Kiya Tabassian

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

A virtuoso of the Persian spiked fiddle called the kamancheh, Kayhan Kalhor is a three-time Grammy nominee widely considered to be the greatest living ambassador of Persian music.

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Electric Jalaba

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

A deep psychedelic, groove-heavy meeting between Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi, Italian/English drummer Dave De Rose and four musical brothers from Dorset.

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San Salvador (London Premiere)

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

From France’s Massif Central region come San Salvador, a six-strong group based around voices and percussion. Their compositions use the Occitan language as a rhythmic instrument.

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Gaye Su Akyol

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

Turkish vocalist Gaye Su Akyol has taken the world by storm with music infused by psychedelia, surf rock and grunge. There’s an urgency about her music that betrays the political turmoil in Turkey.

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The Wolf of Baghdad – Live Score

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

The Wolf of Baghdad is a stimulating and moving ‘memoir of a lost homeland’ by animator and musician Carol Isaacs.

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Blick Bassy

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

‘With his haunting, soulful voice, Blick Bassy has become one of Africa’s most inventive and distinctive singer-songwriters.’ The Guardian

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Kefaya & Elaha Soroor

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

‘Traditional Hazara and other Afghan folk songs are taken on a journey from East to West with elements of jazz, electronica and dub’ ★★★★★ Financial Times Afghan singer Elaha Soroor and

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