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13 February 2018

Songs of the Syrian refugees

In a place where freedom of speech easily gets you arrested, refugees have daringly turned to music and poetry in order to express their feelings. Alexandra Petropoulos reports;

13 February 2018

Sir David Attenborough reveals his musical inspirations

The legendary broadcaster revisits the sounds of his early career on a recent BBC programme that reveals a little-known side to the beloved naturalist – that of a world music collector. He shares his favourite tracks with producer Julian May;

12 February 2018

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;

12 February 2018

Heart and 47SOUL

Tipped as one of London’s hottest new bands, 47SOUL talk to Yousif Nur about the stresses and challenges of being a touring band from the Middle East, and how they’ve become pioneers of shamstep and champions of the Palestinian cause;

19 February 2018

Criolo: Soul Searching

The hugely popular Brazilian rap artist Criolo is refreshingly self-effacing when he meets Russ Slater to talk about his work and the problems facing Brazil;

03 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;

03 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;

20 February 2018

Aziza Brahim: Voice of the Resistance

The Western Sahara has been the subject of dispute for many decades. One of its most eloquent activists and singers, Aziza Brahim, talks to Violeta Ruano about life in exile and how music and politics are inseparable;

21 February 2018

Baaba Maal: Return of the Podor Son

A spokesman for his people and proud champion of West African culture, Katharina Lobeck Kane salutes the Senegalese sensation Baaba Maal. (This article originally appeared in Songlines #61);

01 March 2018

Jazz is World Music

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

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