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
Life-changing, jaw-dropping albums from Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, Angélique Kidjo, Mariza, Bassekou Kouyaté, Blick Bassy, Lankum, Debashish Bhattacharya, Lau, Oumou Sangaré, Kefaya and more...
The kora has become almost synonymous with the music of Mali. Nigel Williamson examines the career of its chief exponent Toumani Diabaté
A Songlines playlist for Apple Music featuring Eliza Carthy, Sam Lee, Bellowhead and The Unthanks
A Songlines playlist for Apple music featuring tracks to warm the heart and soul by Bellowhead, Steeleye Span, Fleet Foxes and more
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
Garth Cartwright marvels at the long-lasting appeal of the Senegalese band
A spokesman for his people and proud champion of West African culture, Katharina Lobeck Kane salutes the Senegalese sensation Baaba Maal.
Spanning from Senegal to Guatemala, Libya to London, this global roster of female MCs continues in the footsteps of legends like MC Lyte and Lauryn Hill, helping to redefine women’s role in hip-hop.
Songlines’ editors Jo Frost and Simon Broughton select their favourite albums of 2017
This year’s Proms line-up extends from British folk to tango music via Senegalese mbalax
The legendary Senegalese band performed to a sold-out Barbican Centre on April 27 as part of the festival La Linea.
The kora has become the defining instrument of West Africa. Simon Broughton picks his ten top albums
Picture highlights from the 2018 Songlines Music Awards Ceremony
When the Welsh band heard about the Russian boy who became the leader of a pack of dogs, they wrote a song about him – and when he heard it, he offered to take part in their video. Watch 9Bach's 'Ifan' now.
Portuguese fado and English folk feature in the Roundhouse's week of intimate concerts in the round in the last week of January
Transcriptions of the Senegalese griot's music will be premiered on January 15 at the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North in Leeds
Taking place in London and Hull across two weekends in July 2019, the New Music Biennial features 19 new commissions from a stellar line-up of artists. We pick out some of the highlights.
A leading light in the Scottish Gaelic music scene, the singer is also a tireless collaborator, as Nathaniel Handy finds out as he looks back over her career
Nathaniel Handy looks back at the humble beginnings of the Devonshire folk duo who are now at the forefront of the British folk scene
The Mancunian Irish flute and whistles player’s output is as prolific as it is varied. Dave McNally considers the career of this unstoppable musician
Tabla players, often confined to an accompanying role, have shone in their own right on a plethora of recordings. Liam Izod picks out some of his favourite albums
All 11 of these amazing albums received the maximum award of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2018, featuring Dobet Gnahoré, Angélique Kidjo, Gili Yalo, and many more
All of these albums received the maximum of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2018, featuring Mariza, Karine Polwart, Kapela Maliszów, and many more
All of these Fusion albums received the maximum of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2018, featuring Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Baul Meets Saz, Xylouris White and more
All of these artists who released their first solo album during the lifetime of Songlines (ie since 1999), including Fatoumata Diawara, Mariza, Sam Lee and many more
Glenn Kimpton finds out why Alex Vann, of Spiro and Three Cane Whale, traded in his f-hole instrument for a round-hole mandolin
Senegal has recently seen the long-anticipated opening of a museum dedicated to black civilisations. One of its chief supporters is Youssou N’Dour whose latest album, History, reflects on the past and acknowledges the next generation of artists. Jenny Cathcart reports
The musician Rowan Rheingans has a new solo project and album that are part-memoir, part-theatre. She talks to Julian May about the many influences that shaped these works
The Welsh musician of Super Furry Animals fame speaks to Garth Cartwright about his fascination for songs sung in languages other than English
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
All 12 of these albums received the maximum award of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2019, featuring Africa Express, Bénin International Musical, KOKOKO!, Blick Bassy and many more
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