Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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MUSIC Hailing from the Cypriot- Turkish enclave of north London, Mavrika is reinventing classic Greek rembetika for contemporary ears. The band's eponymous album (released on Psolista Records) covers many of the old songs by such writers as Georgios Batis and Anotonis Dalgas. But on Mavrika, the crumbly hawkings and sonic pops of old recordings are replaced with the hugely able vocalist Katina Kangaris and her lean and muscular bandmates.

Nick Cave (fresh from his score for the documentary West of Memphis, see NI 459) and the Bad Seeds are back with a new studio album Push the Sky Away (Bad Seed). A meticulously crafted affair that commands attention.

BOOKS In Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver takes a really big theme - apocalyptic climate change, no less - and combines it with a compelling and minutely observed human story. At the centre is Dellarobia, a young Bible-belt farm wife and mom-of-two, who, while setting out to commit adultery, comes across what she thinks is a lake of fire. In reality, it's a forest of Mexican butterflies dislocated by global warming. The scene is set for a complex and engaging weave of science, religion, class, prejudice, politics, denial and, of course, the weather. This nuanced and necessary novel is more than 400 pages long, but Kingsolver's rich style and wry humour carries it along, without flinching from the heftand seriousness of her theme. (Faber and Faber 978 0 571 290077 2)

For a rather different take on the Apocalypse, there's the latest offering from Reverend Billy, New Internationalist's favourite anti-consumerist evangelist from the Church of Stop Shopping. …

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