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03 February 2020

50 Greatest World Music Albums of the Last 5 Years

Every year, editor Jo Frost and editor-in-chief Simon Broughton choose their favourite albums from the previous 12 months. This list of 50 recordings represent their selections from the last five years

22 January 2020

The 12 five-star Fusion albums of 2019

All of these albums received the maximum award of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2019, featuring The Gloaming, Rhiannon Giddens, Manu Chao and many more


11 February 2020

Postcard From Northern Labrador

Songlines ventured north to the Labrador Peninsula, Canada, home to the Inuit and a very particular singing style called katajjaq

06 February 2020

Introducing... Mishra

A mutual love of Indian music studied at universi was the impetus to form the global folk collective Mishra. Kevin Bourke speaks to the founding duo


09 August 2018

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.

09 August 2018

Playlist: Indian Electronica

A Songlines playlist for Apple Music featuring both emerging talent and established names of the Indian electronica scene.

09 August 2018

Playlist: Musicians in Exile  

A Songlines playlist for Apple Music exploring the music of musicians who left their home countries for one reason or another.



08 November 2019

Manu Chao's Clandestino

Peter Culshaw reminisces on his time biographing the elusive Manu Chao as his classic solo album, Clandestino, is re-released 20 years on


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