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 March 2023 issue (#185) of Songlines is now on sale. Our cover star is Lucas Santtana, a Brazilian singer-songwriter who has quietly been releasing a series of acclaimed albums over the past 25 years, with his most recent offering an optimistic stance on the climate crisis. We also speak to Guts, a French producer who has assembled a supergroup of Senegalese, Cuban and French artists; Bissau-Guinean musician Kimi Djabaté who reveals he’s finally free to make music untethered by griot tradition; and the Discos Pacífico record label and NGO who are pushing music from one of Colombia’s poorest regions into the limelight. We also have an interview with recent Booker Prize winner Shehan Karunatilaka, who reveals that music was his first love before picking out a surprising selection of Sri Lankan music. Other features include an in-depth guide to sevdah and its recent revival; a Beginner’s Guide to Majid Bekkas, a musician known for his pioneering mix of Gnawa blues and jazz; a spotlight on the stigma-busting Jerusalem Orchestra East & West; a dispatch from Sam Lee at COP27; plus, all the latest news, album and concert reviews, and regular features. As well as streaming excerpts from the ten Top of the World albums, digital edition subscribers can download all tracks, which this issue include Lisa O’Neill, Mostar Sevdah Reunion, Guts and Orkestra Shkodra, plus an extra five bonus tracks featuring music from the issue, including Lucas Santtana, Kimi Djabaté and Firelight Trio.