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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Coronavirus comforts

As the pandemic continues to disrupt cultural activities across the world and social distancing measures remain in place, we find out how musicians and Songlines contributors and friends are keeping themselves entertained during lockdown


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Afel Bocoum interview

A key figure in Ali Farka Touré’s band, Afel Bocoum is releasing a long-awaited and rare solo album that finds him stepping into the limelight. He talks to Bram Posthumus about living in exile in Bamako, the situation in Mali and his desire to reconnect with the world

Friday, October 9, 2020

Criolo interview: "Music is the main tool of love"

Brazilian artist Criolo gives his frank views on Brazilian society today and although the challenges for its future look daunting, he tells David Katz why he remains hopeful for his country

Friday, September 4, 2020

Aynur: Solace in Exile

The Kurdish singer Aynur Doğan has released her first solo album while living in exile in the Netherlands. She tells Robert Rigney her reasons for leaving Turkey and her mission to keep Kurdish songs alive

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

China’s Musical Secrets

An ambitious Folk Music of China series by Naxos World features folk songs from all of the country’s 55 officially recognised ethnic minority groups. The compilations offer a COVID-proof musical journey to rural China. Frank Kouwenhoven reports


Thursday, August 9, 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.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Playlist: Indian Electronica

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

Thursday, August 9, 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.



Friday, November 8, 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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