Songlines, one of the most important magazines devoted to world music, will showcase the rich Silesian music scene in its April 2016 edition. The included Silesian Roots sampler was created as part of a program promoting artists associated with Katowice, named a UNESCO City of Music in December 2015.
The 15-track sampler ‘Silesian Roots: Best Living Folk/World/Fusion 2016’ will be distributed as a free bonus CD with the 116th edition of Songlines. The magazine, available in 65 countries worldwide, enjoys a readership of more than 35,000 people and is considered the most influential magazine devoted to world music. The albums distributed with the magazine typically end up inspiring various directors of distinguished festivals, and are broadcasted on prestigious radio channels such as BBC Radio 3, WDR, RNE and Radio France International. They also awaken the imagination of thousands of listeners all over the world.
The song selection was made by Mateusz Dobrowolski, manager and promoter of ethnic music, and director of the Transetnika Association. The sampler presents the rich abundance in the Silesian folk scene, which includes distinguished artists such as Gooral or Foliba and new groups such as Blokowioska, which is yet to launch its first LP. The sampler includes representatives of all the significant musical traditions of Silesia: the authentic folklore of the Beskids is represented by Kapela Byrtków, and the miners’ orchestra Mysłowice-Wesoła Orchestra. There are also elements of jazz in the compositions by Adam Oleś and Garbowski-Cruz Quartet.