Songlines

Archived since Spring 1999 Complete Archive

146 issues

Launched in 1999, Songlines is the leading magazine covering traditional, contemporary, folk and fusion music from around the world. Each edition is packed with the latest album reviews, artist interviews, festival profiles and travel adventures from every corner of the globe. Music is about culture, politics, history and the environment and Songlines is your essential guide to it all.

If you’re new to Songlines, download our Aug/Sept 2014 issue (#102) for free. Features include an interview with Afrobeat pioneers Tony Allen & Orlando Julius, as they both celebrate 50-year careers with new albums.

There is also an interview with Scottish author, avid music consumer and vinyl addict Ian Rankin, who speaks to Jo Frost (Songlines editor) about how he’s always willing to take a punt on new music, especially if there’s a good story behind it.

Also featured in the trial issue: a feature on Israeli musician Idan Raichel and his collaboration with Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré; Malian jeli singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; and violinists Anna Phoebe and Jyotsna Srikanth. We also pick our Essential 10 Afrobeat albums that you must own, plus Chris Moss provides a Beginner’s Guide to salsa superstar Rubén Blades.

Latest issue

The December 2018 (#143) issue of Songlines is now on sale. Our cover star this issue is Sir David Attenborough who reminisces about collecting music on his travels during the 1950s and 60s. We also have a feature on the Palestinian oud playing brothers, Le Trio Joubran; we interview the Ethiopian singer Minyeshu about her latest album; Susheela Raman talks about her gamelan project; a Dispatch from the Lake District; a Beginner’s Guide to the Scottish Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis; plus the latest CD, book, world cinema and live reviews. 



The digital edition includes streamed excerpts from our Top of the World CD including Gaye Su Akyol, Karine Polwart and Manu Delago, as well as a guest playlist from blues musician, Charlie Musselwhite, featuring music by Cuarteto Patria, Los Cenzontles and others. The edition also includes streamed excerpts from our bonus CD of music from Colombia.

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Launched in 1999, Songlines is the leading magazine covering traditional, contemporary, folk and fusion music from around the world. Each edition is packed with the latest album reviews, artist interviews, festival profiles and travel adventures from every corner of the globe. Music is about culture, politics, history and the environment and Songlines is your essential guide to it all.

If you’re new to Songlines, download our Aug/Sept 2014 issue (#102) for free. Features include an interview with Afrobeat pioneers Tony Allen & Orlando Julius, as they both celebrate 50-year careers with new albums.

There is also an interview with Scottish author, avid music consumer and vinyl addict Ian Rankin, who speaks to Jo Frost (Songlines editor) about how he’s always willing to take a punt on new music, especially if there’s a good story behind it.

Also featured in the trial issue: a feature on Israeli musician Idan Raichel and his collaboration with Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré; Malian jeli singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; and violinists Anna Phoebe and Jyotsna Srikanth. We also pick our Essential 10 Afrobeat albums that you must own, plus Chris Moss provides a Beginner’s Guide to salsa superstar Rubén Blades.

  • First Issue: Spring 1999
  • Latest Issue: December 2018
  • Issue Count: 146
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6782

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