About Songlines Magazine

Having celebrated its 80th issue in 2011, Songlines is the magazine that looks at the world through its music. Covering music from traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, Songlines features artists from all around the globe: from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe; from Miriam Makeba to Mariza; from Gilberto Gil to Gogol Bordello and from Bjork to Buena Vista Social Club. Discover the traditional instruments of the world: the sitar, the kora, the talking drum and beyond.

Songlines magazineEdited by Simon Broughton, co-editor of The Rough Guide to World Music, Songlines is packed full of the latest CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to particular world music traditions, travel adventures, beginner's and city guides, frontline reports and concert listings.

Explore the music featured in the magazine on each issue's exclusive Top of the World CD, featuring the editor's selection of ten tracks from the best new album releases, as well as a 5-track guest playlist. These have included selections by Damon Albarn, Wim Wenders, Philip Pullman, Andy Kershaw, Kate Bush, Robert Plant, Pelé and many more. The podcast accompanying each issue, where our features really come to life via commentary and audio excerpts, was nominated as a 'Best of 2008' by iTunes.

We've also introduced Songlines Digital, the online version of the printed magazine. It is fully indexed and searchable and allows Songlines Digital subscribers to zoom in on and print features, and flick through back issues (currently from #47). Click here to view a trial issue and find out how to subscribe.

Music is about politics, history, ethnicity and the environment - Songlines is your reliable guide to it all.