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Friday, March 19, 2021

On God’s Mission | Hamid El Kasri

The Moroccan bass lute player speaks about his homemade version of the instrument synonymous with Gnawa music’s spiritual heart

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

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