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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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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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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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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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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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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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