Features | Songlines


Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Morocco's female Gnawa ambassador Asmâa Hamzaoui

Jo Frost speaks to trailblazing Moroccan musician Asmâa Hamzaoui and her sister Aicha about Gnawa traditions that have been passed down through generations, and the need for women to express themselves in their culture

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Mamadou Diabaté: master of the balafon

The West African xylophone is steeped in the mythology of the Mali Empire. Simon Broughton meets balafon player Mamadou Diabaté, who is helping to keep the instrument’s 800-year history alive

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Ana Tijoux interview: “If I didn’t smile, I’d sink”

Charis McGowan finds Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux in a reflective mood as she talks about her much-awaited new album. “I wanted to create something more complete, take time to write a different type of album,” she confides

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Zakaria Ibrahim (1952-2024)

Founder of Egyptian band El Tanbura, champion of the simsimiyya and an important icon of the Egyptian revolution, Zakaria Ibrahim has passed away

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Story Behind Songlines

The first-ever Songlines hit the shelves in early 1999, its genesis stemmed from a complaint about what constitutes ‘world music’. Here, current editor Russ Slater Johnson speaks to founding editor Simon Broughton about the magazine’s beginnings

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Rhiannon Giddens: A Beginner's Guide

“I never want anything I do to feel like it’s a lecture.” Nigel Williamson guides us through the prolific and pioneering career of one of America’s finest

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Introducing... Yasmin Williams

The north-Virginian fingerpicker speaks to Spencer Grady about her evolution from Guitar Hero conqueror to acoustic axe pioneer

Thursday, December 14, 2023

My World: Benjamin Zephaniah

Following the sad news of Benjamin Zephaniah's (1958-2023) death we wanted to publish our interview with the much-loved poet from December 2007 (#48), when we discussed his love of music at length.

Monday, December 11, 2023

My World: Ben Edge

The British artist was all at sea until he came across a druid ceremony which ignited his art and set him off on a new path as a documentarian. “It made me re-plug myself back into humanity,” he tells Russ Slater Johnson

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