Songlines

Archived since Spring 1999 Complete Archive

190 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 December 2022 issue (#183) of Songlines is now on sale. This issue’s cover star is Erol Josué who is on a mission to dispel myths and misconceptions about Haitian vodou. Other features include an interview with the Sámi mother-daughter duo Solju; Simon Broughton travels to Lithuania to discover the music of Europe’s smallest minority, the Karaim; the next generation of Aboriginal songmen from Arnhem Land; we catch up with Welsh chamber folk trio and audio archaeologists VRï; a Postcard from an emotional ceremony in Colombia; a Beginner’s Guide to Northumbrian folkies The Unthanks; a Spotlight on Turkish legend Zülfü Livaneli; a My World interview with Colombian author and composer Julián De La Chica; plus all the latest news, listings, and concert and album 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 Eliza Carthy, Sarathy Korwar and Sona Jobarteh, plus an extra five bonus tracks featuring music from the issue, including Son Rompe Pera, Owen Spafford & Louis Campbell and The Unthanks.

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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: December 2022
  • Issue Count: 190
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6782