Songlines

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150 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 April 2019 (#146) issue of Songlines is now on sale. To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, this issue celebrates women in music. Our cover star is the Haitian-American musician Leyla McCalla who talks about the influences behind her latest album, Capitalist Blues. We examine the gender imbalance within the music business and speak to several leading women working in this still very male-dominated industry. There are interviews with Colombian singer Nidia Gongóra and her band Canalón de Timbiquí; Portuguese fado star Gisela João and London-based string duo Fran & Flora, plus the latest CD, book, world cinema and live reviews. Every issue also comes with a free copy of the Songlines International World Music Festivals Guide 2019-20.

As well as streaming excerpts from the Top of the World album, digital edition subscribers (from and including April #146) can now download all 15 tracks which this issue includes Blick Bassy, Carminho and Leyla McCalla, as well as a guest playlist from the Scottish poet and novelist, Jackie Kay, featuring music by Karine Polwart, Fela Kuti, Margaret Bennett and others.

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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: April 2019
  • Issue Count: 150
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6782

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