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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.

Latest issue
The August/September 2024 issue (#200) of Songlines is out now, and fittingly for our 200th issue, we have an all-star line-up. We speak to Leyla McCalla about her joyful new album and how motherhood and musical alchemy played their part; with apartheid now 30 years behind us, we chat with Peter Gabriel about the lasting impact of his protest song ‘Biko’. We speak to Nigerian highlife sensations The Cavemen, have a Beginner’s Guide to Kronos Quartet as their members change for the first time in almost 50 years; we look at island culture with features on Malta, Rapa Nui and the Channel Islands, and we go in-depth on Notting Hill Carnival. We find out about Joe Boyd’s astonishing new book on world music, speak to Ballaké Sissoko andDerek Gripper about their unique kora-guitar partnership and find out about the music that has shaped Billy Bragg. Plus, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Meridian Brothers, Staples Jr Singers, Thandiswa, Orquesta Romantica Milonguera, Gambiana, Aidan O’Rourke, Eliza Carthy, a Dispatch from Naples and our Essential 10 Songlines Hidden Classics. Plus, all the usual news, listings, reviews, competitions and so much more. Subscribers will also receive our accompanying compilation (CD + digital) featuring ten tracks from the best new music releases, and five bonus selections to accompany the issue.

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  • First Issue: Spring 1999
  • Latest Issue: August/September 2024
  • Issue Count: 207
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6782