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Songlines #165 (March 2021) is out now!

A Beginner's Guide to Ballaké Sissoko; Pakistan's vocal master Ustad Saami dials up devotion through a dying art; the music industry's response to COVID-19; Electric Jalaba's homage to Gnawa music and more in the latest issue of Songlines

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The COVID-19 Effect – The music industry’s response to the pandemic

Gospel Revival – Delving deep into the resurgence of sacred song

Electric Jalaba – London-based Gnawa unit get charged up 

Ustad Saami – The legacy of Pakistan’s shruti master  

Café Türk – Going underground with the cult Turkish outfit

Ballaké Sissoko – Beginner's guide to the Malian kora maestro 

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