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Vodou magic

While I am a huge fan of Halloween – I’m American, I can’t help it – this time of year, full as it is with dodgy costume choices, carries as much a whiff of cultural appropriation about it as it does pumpkin spiced lattes. For the whole month of October, the internet seems to be littered with pictures of women in outfits that are small on coverage and big on harmful stereo pes. And certainly Haitian vodou is among the victims, with countless cheap ‘voodoo man’ kits that come complete with top hats, scary skull masks and shrunken heads. It feels important then to be highlighting an artist like Erol Josué, who’s life’s work has been to change these negative misconceptions. “The Catholic church is always trying to convert [people who practice vodou],” he tells us on p24. “I was able to maintain my vodou spiritual life at home… Now I help to dispel the myths.” This issue is full of artists who are trying to change misconceptions. Welsh trio VRï are digging into the history books to tell the story of the country’s traditional music and expose its oppressed past (p38). Mother-and-daughter duo Solju are breathing new life into Sámi joik as well as using their platform as artists to shout about land rights – “it’s heartbreaking to see the big mining companies trying to take this land and push the reindeer people away” (p30). We uncover the next generation of Aboriginal songmen, who are maintaining the ancient traditions while introducing their songs to a wider audience (p34) and accordionist Aliaksandr Yasinski is trying to prove that the instrument can play so much more than just “old-fart polkas” (p16).


This issue is full of artists who are trying to change misconceptions

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Tim Cumming Tim is a music writer, poet and artist, whose latest book, Adventures Among the Living, is published by Blueprint Poetry Press. This issue he talks to The Unthanks about their life and music (p74).

Seth Jordan An Australian-based music journalist, Seth is a festival consultant and radio broadcaster who presents Tiki Lounge Remix. He travels to Arnhem Land to speak to the next generation of songmen (p34).

Francesco Martinelli A er discovering traditional musics through free jazz revolutionaries, Francesco began a long love affair with Oriental music. He catches up with the Turkish legend Zülfü Livaneli on p19.

Songlines was launched in 1999 and is the definitive magazine for world music – music that has its roots in all parts of the globe, from Mali to Mexico, India to Iraq. Whether this music is defined as traditional, contemporary, folk or fusion, Songlines is the only magazine to truly represent and embrace it. However, Songlines is not just about music, but about how the music fits into the landscape; it’s about politics, history and identi . Delivered in both print and digital formats, Songlines, through its extensive articles and reviews, is your essential and independent guide to a world of music and culture, whether you are starting on your journey of discovery or are already a seasoned fan.