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Monday, May 24, 2021

Introducing... Balkan Taksim

A new Romanian duo are revisiting the Balkan sound with a fresher, more sophisticated approach. Robert Rigney finds out what inspires them

Friday, May 7, 2021

Omar Sosa interview: “Music as a weapon of mass consciousness”

A prolific collaborator who has travelled extensively since leaving his Cuban homeland, Omar Sosa talks to Jane Cornwell about his fact-finding tour of East Africa and his new album, which sees him collaborate with some of the region’s leading folkloric musicians

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The 10 Best Live Albums

As we wait with bated breath for live music to return in full, Jim Hickson selects ten albums that serve as a reminder of what we’ve all been missing during this last year devoid of in-person live performances

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...

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