Launched in 1999, Songlines is the leading magazine covering traditional, contemporary, folk and fusion music from around the world. Each edition is packed with the latest album reviews, artist interviews, festival profiles and travel adventures from every corner of the globe. Music is about culture, politics, history and the environment and Songlines is your essential guide to it all.
The April 2019 (#146) issue of Songlines is now on sale. To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, this issue celebrates women in music. Our cover star is the Haitian-American musician Leyla McCalla who talks about the influences behind her latest album, Capitalist Blues. We examine the gender imbalance within the music business and speak to several leading women working in this still very male-dominated industry. There are interviews with Colombian singer Nidia Gongóra and her band Canalón de Timbiquí; Portuguese fado star Gisela João and London-based string duo Fran & Flora, plus the latest CD, book, world cinema and live reviews. Every issue also comes with a free copy of the Songlines International World Music Festivals Guide 2019-20.
As well as streaming excerpts from the Top of the World album, digital edition subscribers (from and including April #146) can now download all 15 tracks which this issue includes Blick Bassy, Carminho and Leyla McCalla, as well as a guest playlist from the Scottish poet and novelist, Jackie Kay, featuring music by Karine Polwart, Fela Kuti, Margaret Bennett and others.