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 2024 issue (#195) of Songlines is out now. It’s a special, bumper-sized edition of the magazine to celebrate our 25th-anniversary. We look back at 25 years of global music with stories on Orchestra Baobab, Lhasa, Taraf de Haïdouks, Gaye Su Akyol, Souad Massi, Tinariwen, The Gloaming, Ondatrópica, Qawwali Flamenco and many more of our favourite artists, albums and stories from the past 25 years. We speak to Mariza for a My World interview to find out her formative musical influences, the prolific guitarist Justin Adams gets a Beginner’s Guide, we chat to both Sona Jobarteh and Taj Mahal about an upcoming US tour that unites the histories of griots and the blues. Feminist supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique have a new album and we speak to the latest iteration of the collective. We head to Germany for a musical celebration of Kurdistan, find out about Syriana’s long-awaited second album, and appraise the importance of Shane MacGowan (he did more than just wrote good songs). Plus, the olllam, Lenhart Tapes in Belgrade, a new Sam Lee documentary, Gabba, Aron & The Jeri Jeri Band, as well as all the usual news, listings, reviews, competitions and so much more.
Print and digital subscribers will also receive our accompanying Top of the World compilation featuring our pick of the month’s best new music –Lagos Thugs, ØXN, Les Amazones d’Afrique, YĪN YĪN, Spell Songs, El Gato Negro, Amaro Freitas and more – as well as six special 25th-anniversary bonus tracks from Souad Massi, Ondatrópica, Warsaw Village Band, The Gloaming, Taraf de Haïdouks and Justin Adams.