Features | Songlines


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Bassekou Kouyaté: A Beginner's Guide

Simultaneously innovating and upholding the traditions of the ngoni, Bassekou Kouyaté is a name synonymous with his instrument’s modern sound. Nigel Williamson rounds up his sparkling career

Monday, December 7, 2020

The 10 Best Folk Albums of 2020

Tim Cumming looks back over the best folk albums reviewed in Songlines in 2020, which have sustained us through this locked down year

Friday, November 27, 2020

Top 10 Albums of 2020

Here are 10 of our favourite albums from the past 12 months, including releases from Sam Lee, Cocanha, Afel Bocoum, Siti Muharam, Damir Imamović and more...

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Malian Guitarists: The Essential 10

While guitarist Afel Bocoum steps out of Ali Farka Touré’s shadow and into the spotlight with his latest release Lindé, Nigel Williamson selects ten other excellent albums by Malian guitarists

Friday, October 23, 2020


The musician Sofyann Ben Youssef, aka AMMAR 808, travelled to southern India for his latest rhythm fuelled project. Tim Cumming speaks to him about the experience

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Rajery: A Beginner's Guide

Madagascar’s leading player of the bamboo tube zither, otherwise known as the valiha, has come a long way from coping with an early disability to touring international concert halls. Daniel Brown retells Rajery’s journey

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Mahsa Vahdat: A Beginner's Guide

One of Iran’s leading female singers has become world famous with her myriad collaborations. Laudan Nooshin pinpoints some of her career highlights to date

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

Subscribe from only £5.53

Start your journey and discover the very best music from around the world.


View the Current

Take a peek inside the latest issue of Songlines magazine.

Find out more