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Songlines (magazine)

Songlines is a British based magazine launched in 1999 that covers music from traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, featuring artists from around the globe.

Songlines Music Awards 2010 issue
EditorJo Frost
Frequency10 times a year
PublisherPaul Geoghegan
Year founded1999
CompanyMark Allen Group
CountryUnited Kingdom

Songlines is published ten times a year and contains CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to particular world music traditions, concert and festival listings and travel stories. Every issue comes with an accompanying compilation CD featuring sample tracks from 10 of the best new releases reviewed in that issue and 5 additional tracks chosen by a celebrity. A podcast containing highlights of each issue is available to download through iTunes or through the Songlines website.

The magazine is edited by Simon Broughton, co-editor of The Rough Guide to World Music.

The name was chosen based on the aboriginal mythological concept of Songlines.


In 2008 Songlines was expanded to include 'Songlines Music Travel' a music tourism service offering excursions to renowned world music locations and festivals.

In 2009 Songlines launched Songlines Digital, an online subscription version of the magazine.

Mark Allen Group acquired Songlines in 2015.[1]

Songlines Music AwardsEdit

In 2009 Songlines launched their Music Awards to replace the cancelled BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music World Music Awards. The Songlines award is granted in four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Best Newcomer.

Year Best Artist Best Group Best Cross-Cultural
Best Newcomer
2009[2] Rokia Traoré Amadou & Mariam Jah Wobble & The Chinese Dub Orchestra Kiran Ahluwalia
2010[3] Goran Bregović Staff Benda Bilili Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara Deolinda
2011[4][5] Femi Kuti Bellowhead AfroCubism Raghu Dixit
2012[6] Anoushka Shankar Tinariwen Yo Yo Ma featuring Stuart Duncan,
Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile
Fatoumata Diawara
2013[7] Angélique Kidjo Lo'Jo Dub Colossus Mokoomba
2014[8] Bassekou Kouyate Tamikrest Catrin Finch & Seckou Kouyate Family Atlantica
2015[9] Tony Allen Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté Kronos Quartet Ibibio Sound Machine
2016[10] Mariza Africa Express - Songhoy Blues

Instead of the category Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration, the Songlines award was granted in 2016 in six new categories: Africa & Middle East, Americas, Asia & South Pacific, Europe, Fusion and World Pioneer Award. The winners were: Seckou Keita, Lila Downs, Debashish Bhattacharya, Sam Lee & Friends, Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal and Chris Blackwell.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cardew, Ben (10 February 2015). "Songlines music magazine bought by Gramophone publisher". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
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