The Best Music from Around the World

Songlines was launched in 1999 and is the definitive magazine for world music - music that has its roots in all parts of the globe, from Mali to Mexico, India to Iraq. Whether this music is defined as traditional, contemporary, folk or fusion, Songlines is the only magazine to truly represent and embrace it. However, Songlines is not just about music, but about how the music fits into the landscape: it's about politics, history and identity.

Delivered in both print and digital formats, Songlines, through its extensive articles and reviews, is your essential and independent guide to a world of music and unique culture, whether you are starting on your journey of discovery or are already a seasoned fan.

Songlines is published 10 times a year. Every issue comes with a free Top of the World CD, featuring tracks from the best new album releases, as well as a guest playlist.

Songlines Blog & Latest News

March 27th, 2015

Bassekou Kouyaté debuts new video ?Siran Fen?

March 25th, 2015

Exclusive: Hanoi Masters Album Trailer

March 24th, 2015

The Songlines Annual Festival Guide 2015

March 20th, 2015

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015

March 20th, 2015

International Day of Happiness: The Songlines Playlist

March 20th, 2015

New issue (April/May 2015, #107) on sale now!

Songlines Gig Guide: Upcoming Events

28/03/2015 - Emily Barker

28/03/2015 - Sam Lee

28/03/2015 - Pravin Godkhindi & Kousic Sen

28/03/2015 - Faustus

28/03/2015 - Lapa in London: Day-long Celebration of Brazilian Culture

28/03/2015 - Mad Dog Mcrea - New album, Almost Home

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