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Simon Broughton

Simon Broughton is the editor-in-chief of Songlines. He is also a freelance writer and filmmaker, and he co-edited the Rough Guide to World Music books.

Articles by Simon Broughton

10/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

Sufi music – the essential 10 albums

Sufi music occurs all across the Islamic world. Simon Broughton chooses the standout recordings, going for the more traditional and spiritual examples

10/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

Qawwali Albums – The Essential 10

Qawwali is a devotional music in Pakistan and popular around the world. Simon Broughton picks the best recordings of traditional qawwali, plus some interesting fusions

11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM

Korean New Wave: Essential 10 Albums

Simon Broughton picks out some highlight recordings from the rejuvenated South Korean music scene, including albums by Jambinai and Black String

1/31/2019 12:00:00 AM

Djivan Gasparyan: A Beginner's Guide

If there was one sound emblematic of Armenia it would be the duduk. Simon Broughton appraises the career of the instrument’s most famous exponent who has just turned 90

11/19/2019 12:00:00 AM

Stephan Micus: A Beginner's Guide

The polymath German instrumentalist has an impressive back catalogue. Simon Broughton examines his wealth of recordings to date

10/18/2018 10:10:00 AM

The Rough Guide to World Music: Iran

Laudan Nooshin reports on the revival of Iranian classical music since 1979 and Simon Broughton takes the pulse of the folk and pop scenes

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

2/12/2018 12:00:00 AM

Shye Ben Tzur: Devoted to India

Simon Broughton speaks to Shye Ben Tzur about his qawwali-Hebrew collaboration with The Rajasthan Express and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

11/22/2019 12:00:00 AM

Introducing... Lakha Khan

It’s rare to see 70-year-olds in our Introducing series, says Simon Broughton, but it is time to take a fresh look at the veteran master

7/28/2018 12:00:00 AM

Review: WOMAD 2018 – Friday

Visa problems and contentious programming decisions fail to put a dampener on the first full day of WOMAD Charlton Park 2018.

7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM

Review: WOMAD 2018 - Sunday

Despite the predicted dire weather conditions that thankfully never fully materialised, the final day at WOMAD was blessed with a rainbow and plenty of musical colour

2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

Riverboat Records founder Phil Stanton dies aged 54

Phil Stanton, who founded the record label Riverboat Records and music portal World Music Network has passed away at the age of 54, after a long battle with cancer. From the very beginning he was a great enthusiast for the world, its ecology and its music

10/1/2020 11:00:00 AM

Parvathy Baul at the British Museum

As part of the British Museum's current exhibition Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution, the West Bengali singer Parvathy Baul will be giving a special, free online performance, followed by a live Q&A with Songlines editor-in-chief Simon Broughton

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