The Best Music from Around the World

Songlines magazine world music features

Trump’s to blame. Or at least, he’s one of the reasons why we’re devoting the latest issue to the power of music and its ability to unite rather than divide people. The music we cover in Songlines is often far more than pure entertainment. Yes, it can make you smile, want to dance, or reduce you to tears. But there’s also a galvanising force about music that means it can be used as a powerful weapon in political and social activism - precisely why oppressive regimes tend to ban or censor it. This month on the Songlines website we’ll be championing and celebrating those musicians who have stuck their necks out and sung out about social injustices, crimes and civil rights. We’ve gathered together several classic features and interviews from the Songlines archive that shine a light on a few of today’s most compelling voices of resistance. The revolution begins here! 'Get up, stand up! Music of resistance and revolution'

Songlines Blog & Latest News

February 24th, 2017

New album from Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita out now

February 24th, 2017

Transcending boundaries: Iranian and Israeli collaboration

February 23rd, 2017

First acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2017

February 14th, 2017

A Celebration of World Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, April 15

February 10th, 2017

New Apple Music playlist: Middle Earth Music

February 9th, 2017

New Apple Music playlist: Salsa From the Street

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Songlines Gig Guide: Upcoming Events

25/02/2017 - Baluji Shrivastav MOVED TO 26 FEB

25/02/2017 - Sunidhi Chauhan

25/02/2017 - The Anna Mudeka Band

25/02/2017 - Maya Jazz

25/02/2017 - Celtic Fiddle Festival

25/02/2017 - The Fisherman's Friends

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