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‘Since its inception in 2011, Songlines Encounters Festival has brought rising stars, premiere performances and exciting new collaborations from around the world to play in the superb acoustics of Kings Place.’

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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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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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Kefaya & Elaha Soroor

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

Afghan singer Elaha Soroor and award-winning music/producer duo Kefaya, Al MacSween & Giuliano Modarelli join forces for a mighty and mesmerizing new album, Songs Of Our Mothers; a fresh, vibrant take on Afghan folk music filtered through myriad forms, from spiritual jazz and dub to Indian classical music and electronica.

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Sarathy Korwar

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

US-born, India-raised and London-based tabla player Sarathy Korwar has established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene. He leads UPAJ Collective, has collaborated with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, clarinettist Arun Ghosh and producer Hieroglyphic Being, as well as groups Penya and Ill Considered.

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Joan Shelley

Folk / Songlines Encounters Festival

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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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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San Salvador

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

‘… rich chords, call-and-response, drone-backed dissonances, microtonally inflected incantations, complex counterpoint, hocketing, propulsive unison refrains — delivered with handclaps, drumbeats and full-throated vehemence.’ New York Times San Salvador, a vocal sextet from France’s Massif Central,

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