Songlines

Archived since Spring 1999 Complete Archive

185 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 2022 issue (#178) of Songlines is now on sale. This issue’s cover stars are the Colombian joropo group Cimarrón, who are deconstructing cowboy myths from the llanos. Other features include an interview with the songbird from Wassoulou, Oumou Sangaré, about her new album, Timbuktu; we announce the winners of this year’s Songlines Music Awards; our UK Festival Guide makes its welcomed return to help you plan your summer; a Beginner’s Guide to Brooklyn-based Afrobeat emissaries Antibalas; a My World interview with the frontman of Aussie rockers The Cat Empire; a Festival Pass from FolkEast as they prepare for their tenth edition; plus all the latest news, concert reviews, CD, book and world cinema reviews. As well as streaming excerpts from the ten Top of the World albums, digital edition subscribers can download all tracks, which this issue include Oumou Sangaré, Leyla McCalla and Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, plus an extra five bonus tracks featuring music from Antibalas, Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe and Mikis Theodorakis. 

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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 2022
  • Issue Count: 185
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6782