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Introducing Songlines issue #128 (June 2017)

Posted on May 9th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .


The June 2017 (#128) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star this issue is folk singer and song collector Sam Lee, who talks about singing with nightingales, his Nordic project Vindauga and recording for the forthcoming film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.


Other features include coverage of the winners of the 2017 Songlines Music Awards; a round-up of all the best UK festivals; an interview with Canadian banjo player Jayme Stone; a Beginner’s Guide to Indian bansuri player Hariprasad Chaurasia; plus the latest CD, DVD, book and world cinema reviews.


The Top of the World CD includes Oumou Sangaré, Sväng, Lisa Knapp and 75 Dollar Bill, as well as a guest playlist from the composer Max Richter, featuring Hailu Mergia, Spiro and Konono No 1.


This issue also features a bonus CD of highlights from artists appearing at this year’s World Music Festival Chicago, including tracks from Iberi Choir, Tcheka and Grand Tapestry.


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New issue (October, #103) on sale now!

Posted on August 29th, 2014 in Recent posts by .


Sahara Soul, Nicola Benedetti and Sam Sweeney

The October 2014 (#103) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by renowned solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Afrobeat pioneer Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics and Brazilian master accordionist Richard Galliano, plus a track from Martyn Bennett’s classic album Grit that has been reissued on Real World Gold. We’ve also thrown in an 18-track bonus Polish CD for your listening pleasure.

This issue also includes…

Sahara Soul – Andy Morgan talks to the leading artists performing at this very special show coming to the Barbican on September 27, including Noura Mint Seymali, Aziza Brahim and Nabil Baly Othmani.
Nicola Benedetti – Jo Frost speaks to the classical violinist about exploring her Scottish roots and the folk tradition.
Jyoti Hegde – The world’s only female rudra veena player speaks to Jameela Siddiqi about her love affair with this Indian string instrument prior to her appearance at Darbar Festival.
Mor Karbasi  – The Ladino singer speaks to Simon Broughton about her three homelands.
Sam Sweeney – Tim Cumming talks to Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney as he sets out to retell the incredible story of his violin steeped in history and made during World War I.

• Beginner’s Guide to Guinean Sékouba Bambino, ahead of his appearance at the London African Music Festival in September.
• Festival Pass: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, San Francisco.
• My World: A playlist and interview with Evelyn Glennie.
• Introducing… Gisela João and CC Smugglers.
• Spotlight on Dele Sosimi.
• Quick Fire: Sam Lee, Peggy Seeger and Sheema Mukherjee.
• What’s New, including the release of Finding Fela on September 5 and the French Summer of Unrest.
• Cerys Matthews calls on all festival-goers with a craving for the good life to visit north Wales on September 20.
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.

Buy the new issue here.

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January/February 2013 issue of Songlines (#89) is on sale in the UK from December 7

Posted on December 5th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The January/February 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from December 7 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The CD also includes five tracks selected by conductor, TV presenter and founder of the British Paraorchestra, Charles Hazlewood. 

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from award–winning Scottish fiddler Duncan Chisholm; New Orleans’ The Hot 8 Brass Band; two of Senegal’s finest, Malick Pathé Sow & Bao Sissoko; masterful Malagasy guitarist Solorazaf; long–established folksters Show of Hands and the fiercely political Mexican Institute of Sound among others.





The main editorial features include:

• Best Albums of 2012 – The Songlines’ editors pick their personal favourite albums of the year.
• Bassekou Kouyaté – The ngoni star recorded his latest album, Jama Ko, amidst the chaos of Mali’s coup.
• Sacred Harp – A look into the weird and wonderful world of shape note singing that’s coming to a community centre near you.
• English Folk Revival – The burgeoning English folk scene is witnessing a revival. Is it finally stepping out of the shadow of its Celtic cousins?
• Lo’Jo – Andy Morgan travels to Georgia with the free-spirited, maverick French band.

• Beginner’s Guide to the Fanfare Ciocarlia.
• Festival Profile: Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
• Postcard from Santorini.
• Backpage from Poland.
• My World – conductor and TV presenter Charles Hazlewood.
• Grooves – pipa virtuoso Wu Man, British singer–guitarist Sam Carter and rapper Joe Driscoll.
• News, including the Blue Lotus Festival and Refugee Action’s World Food Night.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and World Cinema releases.

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Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Songlines (#88) is on sale in the UK from October 12

Posted on October 10th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The November/December 2012 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from October 12 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the globe. Also included on the Top of the World CD is an exclusive playlist chosen by the Adjaye brothers – the renowned architect David and musician/producer Peter.

The Top of the World CD features tracks from folk big band Bellowhead; Finnish musical veterans Värttinä; The Souljazz Orchestra; Korean six-stringed zither quartet Geomungo Factory; genre-bending Brazilian Lucas Santtana; and award-winning Lau, among others.

If that wasn’t enough, Songlines columnist and 6Music presenter Cerys Matthews has compiled a bonus CD of sonic treats straight from the valleys, to celebrate Wales welcoming WOMEX in 2013.



The main editorial features include:

• Bellowhead – English folk’s most raucous big band divulge some secrets and guilty pleasures.
• Mali crisis – A report on the dire effect the situation in Mali is having on its musicians.
• Geomungo Factory – An in-depth look at the sound world of this groundbreaking Korean quartet.
• Melingo – The Argentinian who has created his unique tango bizarro style talks to Chris Moss about Piazzolla, politics and nationalism.
• Africa Express – “Magical, unforgettable, blessed” – three words that sum up the Africa Express rail trip for roving reporter Andy Morgan.

• Beginner’s Guide to the Oscar D’León.
• Sounding Out Thessaloniki – WOMEX 2012 host.
• Festival Profile: Sufi Sutra, Kolkata.
• Postcard from the Dominican Republic.
• Backpage from Sarajevo.
• My World – with the Adjaye brothers.
• Grooves – Norwegian music producer and activist Deeyah, award-winning BBC broadcaster Mark Coles and traditional English folk singer Fay Hield.
• News, including Sam Lee’s Mercury Prize nomination and Värttinä’s WOMEX Artist Award triumph.
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and World Cinema releases.

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