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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;

Tuesday, July 14, 2020;

Music in the time of Coronavirus

COVID-19’s impact has been global and unprecedented. Russ Slater speaks to various musicians and people who work within the music community about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their approach to making and promoting music;

Wednesday, April 29, 2020;

The Lost Words: Spell Songs

Nathaniel Handy is captivated by the musical spells conjured up by a collective of artists in response to The Lost Words book;

Wednesday, April 15, 2020;

Introducing... Guiss Guiss Bou Bess

Jenny Cathcart speaks to the Senegalese group who are making waves with their inventive, contemporary take on sabar drumming;

Friday, March 20, 2020;

Kinshasa Revisited

Songlines spoke to French producers Bernard Treton and Martin Meissonnier about their fascination with the progressive sounds coming from Kinshasa in the 70s;

Thursday, March 12, 2020;

Kodo: Inside the Taiko drumming powerhouse

Taiko, the theatrical Japanese drumming spectacle, is seeing a global revival of interest. Michael Church speaks to members of Kodo, the group at the forefront of its resurgence. Photos by Takashi Okamoto & Nishita Taro;

Thursday, March 12, 2020;

My Instrument: Kuljit Bhamra and his tabla

Max Reinhardt speaks to Kuljit Bhamra, the go-to musician and composer for UK-Asian West End musicals and film scores, about the instrument that is at the root of his ever-evolving career;

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