Songlines

Archived since Spring 1999 Complete Archive

141 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 June 2018 (#138) issue of Songlines is now on sale. Our cover stars this issue are the award-winning South African a capella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo who are touring the UK this month. Other features include the announcement of the winners in the 2018 Songlines Music Awards; our essential UK festivals guide; a Beginner’s Guide to the Finnish string band Frigg who will be performing at Songlines Encounters Festival; a Spotlight on Angélique Kidjo prior to her latest album release; plus the latest CD, book, world cinema and live reviews. 



The digital edition also includes streamed excerpts from our Top of the World CD including Fatoumata Diawara, Ry Cooder, Orquesta Akokán, Dobet Gnahoré, as well as a guest playlist from Olivia Harrison, featuring music by U Srinivas, Ravi Shankar and others. There’s also a bonus CD of music recorded at the Jodhpur RIFF festival in Rajasthan.

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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: June 2018
  • Issue Count: 141
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6782

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