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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

16 January 2020

The 19 five-star European Albums of 2019

All of these albums received the maximum award of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2019, featuring Julie Fowlis, Lau, Lisa O’Neill, Alfabeto Runico, Brìghde Chaimbeul, and many more


02 January 2020

My World: Youssou N’Dour

Having recently turned 60, the Senegalese star is taking stock and looking to the future, as reflected in his My World playlist. He talks to Daniel Brown about his choices

18 December 2019

The Flower Men of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has been making headlines, largely for its war on Yemen and the high-profile murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But now the kingdom is on a PR offensive, launching a tourism initiative. Simon de Bruxelles visits one of its new festivals

17 December 2019

Music in Moskovistan

For centuries, Central Asia was criss-crossed from the west and east by merchants on the Silk Road. Today Central Asia itself is on the move with millions of migrant workers in the Russian Federation. Razia Sultanova reports on how music helps them settle in

10 December 2019

Daymé Arocena interview

The young Cuban singer Daymé Arocena has had a rapid rise to fame. She tells Jane Cornwell about her journey so far and her tribute to Santería’s female orishas


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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