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Celebrating Festivals: A Lost Summer of Music

The summer of 2020 will be remembered as a giant void in the festival calendar with coronavirus causing a deluge of postponements and cancellations from Shetland to Sarawak. In a show of support for the festival community, musicians and Songlines contributors share their favourite festival memories over the years. Read more in the current issue (#160) available now.

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Songlines #160 (Aug/Sept 2020) is out now!

Kurdish singer talks about living in exile and her former life in Turkey, we share our favourite festival memories in support of live music, a Beginner's Guide to Rajery and plenty more in the latest issue of Songlines

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Music in the time of Coronavirus

COVID-19’s impact has been global and unprecedented. Russ Slater speaks to various musicians and people who work within the music community about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their approach to making and promoting music

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Babel Music XP

Marseille’s international music forum makes a welcome return and calls for artists to apply for its showcase programme

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Aynur – The Kurdish singer talks about life in exile

Celebrating Festivals – Our favourite festival memories over the years

Afropentatonism – Connecting Nigerien and Ethiopian music

Musicians in Detention – Australia's refugee policy under fire

Keleketla! – The exciting South African collaboration 

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