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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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Celebrating Festivals: A Lost Summer of Music

The summer of 2020 will be remembered as a giant void in the festival calendar with coronavirus causing a deluge of postponements and cancellations from Shetland to Sarawak. In a show of support for the festival community, musicians and Songlines contributors share their favourite festival memories over the years. Read more in the current issue (#160) available now.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Music in the time of Coronavirus

COVID-19’s impact has been global and unprecedented. Russ Slater speaks to various musicians and people who work within the music community about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their approach to making and promoting music

Friday, July 3, 2020

Coronavirus comforts

As the pandemic continues to disrupt cultural activities across the world and social distancing measures remain in place, we find out how musicians and Songlines contributors and friends are keeping themselves entertained during lockdown

Thursday, June 25, 2020

10 Essential Throat Singing Albums

The amazing sounds of Mongolian and Tuvan throat singers have captivated audiences around the world. Michael Ormiston recommends ten of the best albums that chart its development

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

10 Essential Haitian Albums

Haitians have always turned to music to vent their emotions, heal their hurts and celebrate. Maria Bakkalapulo recommends albums that give you a taste of what the country has to offer

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Mariza: every album reviewed

Mariza has revitalised fado with a poise, artistry and self-assurance that is simply breathtaking. Here are the original reviews of all of her albums to date, from 'Fado em Mim' to 'Mariza'

Friday, June 5, 2020

Tinariwen: every album reviewed

Since their debut album in 2001, the throbbing desert blues of the Touareg guitar band Tinariwen has conquered the musical world: here are reviews of all of their albums to date

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