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11 April 2018

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

04 April 2018

Great World Music Moments

We've noted 50 great moments from 7000BC to the present day – concerts and confrontations, collaborations and conspiracies – all of which have shaped the sounds we're listening to today

04 April 2018

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


06 April 2018

Mariza’s World

Mariza won the Best Artist category in the Songlines Music Awards 2016. Following the release of her first album in five years, Mariza makes sure fado is not a limitation. Mundo, she tells Gonçalo Frota, is her way of saying these are happy times

06 April 2018

Eliza Carthy: Wayward and Free

Nathaniel Handy speaks to English singer-songwriter Eliza Carthy, who is the happiest she’s ever been with her new band, new voice and newfound freedom

04 April 2018

Meeting Chouk Bwa

Doug DeLoach immerses himself in the ecstatic and positive music of Haitian band Chouk Bwa, who are about to embark on their debut UK tour

06 April 2018

Jazz is World Music

Why is there so much snobbery and closed-mindedness about jazz from the ‘world music police’


19 April 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.

12 April 2018

Playlist: Indian Electronica

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

09 April 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.


26 April 2018

Video exclusive: Samba Touré

Samba Touré's hotly anticipated album 'Wande' comes out on the 25th of May. In the meantime, we're excited to share this exclusive world premiere of track #4, 'Goy Boyro'.

24 April 2018

Watch: Monsieur Doumani

Monsieur Doumani, a trio from Nicosia, Cyprus, aim to unite their community through politically charged folksong.

23 April 2018

Maya Youssef and her qanun

Syrian musician Maya Youssef's mastery over her 78-stringed qanun is a sight to behold, especially in this rendition of 'Touta'.



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