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 October 2021 issue (#171) of Songlines is now on sale. This issue’s cover is a tribute to the landmark album Buena Vista Social Club as we celebrate 25 years of a world music phenomenon. Other features include an interview with folk duo Spiers & Boden who are back together again; Justin Adams & Mauro Durante speak about their fascination with trance music; Joachim Cooder talks about his latest album that recasts cuts of old-time banjo music; a Beginner’s Guide to the Azeri mugham singer Alim Qasimov; Introducing Arushi Jain and Balimaya Project, plus all the latest news, CD, book, world cinema and concert reviews. As well as streaming excerpts from the ten Top of the World albums, digital edition subscribers can download all tracks, which this issue includes Monsieur Doumani, Namgar and JP Harris’ Dreadful Wind & Rain, plus an extra six bonus tracks featuring music by Buena Vista Social Club, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Alim & Fargana Qasimov.