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Songlines #161 (October 2020) is out now!

Afel Bocoum talks about his hopes and concerns for Mali; Brazilian rapper Criolo speaks out about Bolsonaro and effects of COVID-19; a Beginner's Guide to Mahsa Vahdat and plenty more in the latest issue of Songlines


Kathryn Tickell

Smallpipes player Kathryn Tickell is steeped in the rich folk traditions of North East England and the Borders


Songlines November 2021 issue is out now!

Our climate crisis special edition with an in-depth guide to eco-engaged artists worldwide; the Sufi roots of Arab electronics; interviews with Susana Baca and Michael Spitzer; a Beginner's Guide to producer Ian Brennan, plus more inside


Best Albums 2020: Europe

All of these albums received a maximum of five stars when reviewed in the 2020 issues of Songlines. Featuring Sam Lee, Shirley Collins, Will Pound, Sam Sweeney, Hamish Napier, Trio Tekke, Rura, and many more


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was qawwali's shining star; the Sufi singer introduced the world to the ecstatic, mystical musical form from Pakistan


Johnny Kalsi

The British Indian drummer Johnny Kalsi has done more for the popularity of the Punjabi double-sided barrel drum known as the dhol than anyone else


Obituary: Paddy Moloney (1938-2021)

Founder and leader of traditional Irish group The Chieftains, who performed with rock stars and for world leaders, and whose musical reach extended from the Great Wall of China to the International Space Station, has died aged 83


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