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Articles by Russ Slater Johnson

1/25/2023 12:00:00 AM

Video: Baaba Maal’s ‘Agreement’

Senegalese superstar returns with his first album in seven years and today releases a brand new video for one of the record’s standout tracks

4/13/2023 12:00:00 AM

Introducing the May 2023 issue of Songlines

Arooj Aftab, Dur-Dur Band Int., Tashi Lhunpo Monks, Jorge Drexler, Catriona Price, Islandman, and so much more, including the Songlines Music Awards nominations – find out who got the votes

10/5/2023 12:00:00 AM

The Latin Grammy nods are in…

Natalia Lafourcade, Susana Baca, Omara Portuondo, Xênia França and a Shakira freestyle session (!) are all in with a chance at this year’s Latin Grammys

2/19/2018 12:00:00 AM

Criolo: Soul Searching

The hugely popular Brazilian rap artist Criolo is refreshingly self-effacing when he meets Russ Slater to talk about his work and the problems facing Brazil

7/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

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

2/17/2021 12:00:00 AM

Burna Boy, Davido and WizKid: The rise and rise of Afrobeats

Amid civil unrest, a slew of young African artists are transforming the perception of their continent, shaking up the mainstream with their infectious Afrobeats insurgency. Russ Slater surveys the scene’s UK roots and global impact

4/4/2024 12:00:00 AM

Afro-Brazilian Spirituals: Essential 10

Driven by axé (energy) in service to the orixás (gods), these top albums, selected by Russ Slater Johnson, draw on Brazil’s African diasporic religions and spirituality

6/15/2023 12:00:00 AM

Setting the Scene: Mary Ocher

We speak to Mary Ocher, a musician, performer, poet and visual artist to find out where she calls ‘home’

9/14/2023 12:00:00 AM

Tajik Tales

A highly unlikely series of events led to Tajikistan becoming a musical hub and focus for a brand-new compilation, Lost In Tajikistan

2/22/2024 12:00:00 AM

The Story Behind Songlines

The first-ever Songlines hit the shelves in early 1999, its genesis stemmed from a complaint about what constitutes ‘world music’. Here, current editor Russ Slater Johnson speaks to founding editor Simon Broughton about the magazine’s beginnings

5/9/2024 12:00:00 AM

Seabird, Fly Home: Garefowl Take Flight to St Kilda

Russ Slater Johnson hears from Garefowl’s Ewan Macdonald about his connections to the last British seabird made extinct and why he will soon be recording on the Scottish isle where the bird was killed

7/20/2023 12:00:00 AM

Playlist: João Donato

In tribute to the Brazilian pianist and composer, who passed away on July 17, here are twenty of the finest songs that João Donato recorded in a career that lasted over 70 years

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