“I shall always be grateful for my trip. It was probably the best experience of my life, and changed the way I view myself and the world. I relive parts of that trip every day and probably always will. It was a magical experience and I thank Songlines for making it possible.” Sherry Smith on the Songlines Music Travel trip to Mali in January 2010.
Songlines Music Travel
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Tango in Buenos Aires. Flamenco in an Andalusian bar. Kora music in Mali. Ecstatic Rajasthani dancing at a local festival.
Nothing beats experiencing music in situ - with the food, the ambience and the local people. Yet finding the best music isn't always that simple.
That's why Songlines Music Travel is offering dedicated music trips for music lovers worldwide, bringing you the excitement of real music directly where it's made.
Imagine a visit to the Flamenco Biennale in Seville - the leading showcase for flamenco music. Or a visit to Bamako, capital of Mali - one of the most musical countries on the planet but for an outsider often a bewildering place. To find the music you need to know where to go and when.
Our trips are organised in partnership with Master Travel, a Mark Allen Group company, which has over 20 years of experience arranging travel to most parts of the world. Their attention to detail, research and planning are essential for tours like these, along with experience of how to ensure everything operates seamlessly. The formula is simple: Songlines provides the musical knowledge and Master Travel provide the travel expertise.
We have the insight and unrivalled contacts to take you beneath the surface for some very special musical experiences. Each trip is led by a Songlines Travel Leader and will often involve private concerts, jam sessions and meetings with musicians and instrument-makers. Groups will be kept deliberately small - between 10 and 20 - to make the experience more intimate and memorable. Of course it's not exclusively about music and on your visit you will also see the historic and cultural highlights of wherever you may be visiting.
For more information on each of the tours, click on the relevant links to the right and see the left panel for more general information on Songlines Music Travel. If you want to feel the vibrating musical pulse at the heart of your destination then you need look no further.
Simon Broughton, Songlines editor
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