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Monday, April 19, 2021

How Astor Piazzolla transformed tango

Chris Moss assesses the intrepid composer’s impact on music – and why his legacy, 100 years on since the great man’s birth, remains a challenge for contemporary tangueros

Monday, April 19, 2021

Encounters Countdown: London Bulgarian Choir

Ahead of their scheduled performance on May 20 at this year's Songlines Encounters Festival, we revisit Simon Broughton's interview from last year with the singing troupe’s charismatic leader, Dessislava Stefanova

Monday, March 29, 2021

Ballaké Sissoko: A Beginner's Guide

The Malian kora player has become an international star, noted for his myriad musical collaborations. Nigel Williamson examines his extensive back catalogue

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The 10 best Gospel albums

Garth Cartwright aims to get you swaying in the aisles with these ten top classic gospel collections, featuring Mahalia Jackson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Edwin Hawkins Singers and more...

Friday, March 12, 2021

Playlist: Quintessential Kora

A Songlines playlist for Apple Music exploring the many and varied uses of this iconic instrument of West Africa

Friday, March 12, 2021

The 10 best Tabla Fusion albums

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

Monday, March 1, 2021

A Beginner's Guide to Habib Koité

The Malian singer-songwriter Habib Koité is also one of his country’s leading guitarists. Daniel Brown reflects on the artist’s recordings and career to date

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The 10 Essential Classic Dub Albums

Garth Cartwright cranks up the sound system for some bass-laden bliss. Here are his top ten classic dub long-players to check out

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Burna Boy, Davido and WizKid: The rise and rise of Afrobeats

Amid civil unrest, a slew of young African artists are transforming the perception of their continent, shaking up the mainstream with their infectious Afrobeats insurgency. Russ Slater surveys the scene’s UK roots and global impact

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Cosmo Sheldrake: Birdhouse In Your Soul

Jane Cornwell speaks to eco-minded composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Cosmo Sheldrake, whose interest in endangered species and enigmatic writers inspires works such as his new sophomore set, Wake Up Calls

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Best Albums 2020: Fusion

All of these albums received a maximum of five stars when reviewed in the 2020 issues of Songlines. Featuring Xylouris White, Sunny Jain, Derek Gripper, Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn and many more

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