Nigel Williamson | Songlines

Nigel Williamson

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Nigel Williamson has written in every issue of Songlines since #1. Previously a political correspondent on The Times, Nigel’s other passions, besides writing about music and his grandchildren, are cricket and gardening. He has also written the summaries for the artists, countries and genres on the site.

Articles by Nigel Williamson

10/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

African Queens – The Essential 10

The bright star rising from West Africa in the form of Noura Mint Seymali is just one of the continent’s long and impressive list of women singers. Nigel Williamson picks ten favourite albums

10/15/2018 12:00:00 AM

Zimbabwean Albums – The Essential 10

Mokoomba might be the latest bright young band from Zimbabwe, but before them there have been some truly legendary artists and releases. Nigel Williamson selects ten classic albums

4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM

Fela Kuti: A Beginner’s Guide

The perfect introduction to Fela Kuti – a true original: ‘Never have life, politics, art and music been so inextricably linked together in one incendiary, insurrectionary and highly danceable package’

11/21/2019 12:00:00 AM

Bassekou Kouyaté: A Beginner's Guide

Simultaneously innovating and upholding the traditions of the ngoni, Bassekou Kouyaté is a name synonymous with his instrument’s modern sound. Nigel Williamson rounds up his sparkling career

4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM

10 Songs that Shook the World

Here’s our pick of the Ten Songs That Shook The World. Some of them are political, but others are simply popular songs, tunes that shake butts rather than regimes

4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM

A to Z of World Music

World music is a maze. And what you need is a good map. So here is our A to Z of world music, taking you from Africa Express to Zimbabwe, from Balkan brass to qawwali and from cumbia to WOMAD

5/11/2018 12:00:00 AM

My World: Olivia Harrison

Olivia Harrison, the wife of the late Beatle George Harrison, talks about how George's collaborations with Indian musicians helped shape her own musical tastes

4/19/2018 12:00:00 AM

Playlist: One World Duets

A Songlines playlist for Apple Music, with range of Western artists coming together with world music's brightest to create an exciting variety of new sounds.

3/1/2018 12:00:00 AM

Playlist: Quintessential kora

A Songlines playlist for Apple Music exploring the many and varied uses of this iconic instrument of West Africa

1/28/2019 12:00:00 AM

Oliver Mtukudzi dies aged 66

From the oppressive days of white minority rule, through the liberation war and the challenges of independence that followed, his music uplifted and inspired his people

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