The best world music gigs at Celtic Connections 2014

The best world music gigs at Celtic Connections 2014

Amadou & Mariam

Highlights include Amadou & Mariam, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Manu Dibango and AR Rahman

Amadou & Mariam

With their deft fusion of West African blues and Western pop, this Malian husband-and-wife duo have become world music superstars. While their studio albums can suffer from over-production and a surfeit of guests, live shows remain powerful and joyous. The blind couple's innovative new show Eclipse is performed in complete darkness, inviting the audience to experience the music through sound, vibration and scent.
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Wed 22 Jan.

Alkinoos Ioannidis with Karine Polwart
The lyrical Greek-Cypriot folk hero teams up with Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.
Old Fruitmarket (with Papon), Glasgow, Thu 23 Jan.

Manu Dibango
Fresh from his 80th birthday concert at London's Barbican Centre in November last year, 'The Lion of Africa' shows no sign of slowing down. The Cameroonian saxophonist scored a massive international hit in 1972 with 'Soul Makossa', and has continued to innovative, blending afrofunk with rhumba, disco and reggae.
Old Fruitmarket (with Debademba), Glasgow, Sun 26 Jan.

The Music of AR Rahman with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
The world's biggest selling recording artist, perhaps best known here for his Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, AR Rahman makes his Scottish debut, joined by choral students and Indian instrumentalists. Rahman's oeuvre spans Bollywood scores, blockbuster themes and slick MOR pop.
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 30 Jan.

KM Hindustani Ensemble with Lewis Psalm Singers
The Gaelic language Lewis Psalm Singers show the similarities between their worship-based singing, and ancient Indian choral styles of raag singing, in this performance with the Hindustani Classical Music Ensemble. The HCME study at the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, founded by AR Rahman.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Sat 1 Feb.

Manu Dibango

The veteran French saxophonist and vibraphone player performs African Rumba, Afrofunk and Afrobeat with elements of jazz.

The Music of AR Rahman with the BBC SSO

“Like Gershwin, Puccini or Lennon/McCartney, Rahman’s name stands for melody, quality, energy, instant hummability — a sound both personal and universal, devouring older forms and transforming them into something gorgeously new.” (Time) Variously dubbed “the Mozart of Madras” and “the John Williams of Bollywood”, India’s…

Alkinoos Ioannidis with special guest Karine Polwart

Greek-Cypriot singer/composer collaborates with the Scottish vocalist.

KM Hindustani Ensemble

A mix of Indian traditional music with western sounds and technology from this ensemble founded by AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire).