Songlines

Archived since Spring 1999 Complete Archive

179 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 2021 issue (#173) of Songlines is now on sale. This issue’s cover star is Gambian kora player Sona Jobarteh, who talks to Songlines about how she’s revolutionising the griot tradition. Other features include an interview with banjo king Béla Fleck, who returns to his bluegrass roots on his latest album; an interview with sitar maestro Purbayan Chatterjee about his star-studded new release; exploring The Beatles’ love affair with the music of India; a Beginner’s Guide to Amsterdam Klezmer Band, who are celebrating 25 years together; a My World interview with Fun-Da-Mental’s Dave Watts; plus all the latest news, concert reviews and listings, 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 includes Kandy Guira, Fanfare Ciocarlia, and Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan, plus an extra five bonus tracks featuring music by Dudu Pukwana and Gro Marie Svidal.

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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 2021
  • Issue Count: 179
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6782