Songlines at 50

The 50th “Collector’s” edition of Songlines, the London-based world music bi-monthly, is currently gracing the news-stands, with several special features capturing my attention, including a couple of genre-defining short surveys – 50 Great Moments In World Music, and 50 Years of World Music – and the mag’s selection of the 50 top world albums. 

Making this issue a must-buy is the high quality cover-mount sampler CD, with tracks by Music for Grown-Ups faves like Ali Farka Toure, Youssou N’Dour, Khaled, Fela Kuti and Nustrat Fateh Ali Khan. 

I normally only look at Songlines after its leafing through its competitor fRoots, but this (recommended) issue will force me to take more interest in future.       

Gerry Smith

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