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.
The August/September 2020 issue (#160) of Songlines is now on sale. This issue’s cover star is the Kurdish singer Aynur, who talks about living in exile and her former life in Turkey. In response to the pandemic’s postponement and cancellation of music events, we celebrate festivals around the world in a feature where contributors and musicians share their favourite festival memories. Other features include an interview with Niger’s Alhousseini Anivolla and Ethiopia’s Girum Mezmur about their Afropentatonism project; a report on refugee musicians in detention in Australia; a Spotlight on Groupe RTD, known as the Dancing Devils of the Republic of Djibouti; a Beginner’s Guide to the Malagasy valiha player Rajery, plus all the latest news, online streamed concert listings, CD, book and world cinema reviews. As well as streaming excerpts from the Top of the World album, digital edition subscribers can download all 15 tracks which this issue includes Shirley Collins, Bab L’ Bluz, Yilian Cañizares and Transglobal Underground, plus an exclusive playlist by Rough Guides’ founder Mark Ellingham, featuring music by Robert Wyatt, Mulatu Astatke, Franco & OK Jazz and others.