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CONTENTS

Calum MacCrimmon 93

S t u a r t

C u r n o w

M o n i k a J a k u b o w s k a

38 Vula Viel

UPFRONT 06 Top of the World CD 09 What’s New 14 Introducing...

At Adau & Agbeko 16 Simon Says... 17 Letters 18 Songlines Encounters

Festival 2019 21 Spotlight:

Topic Records 22 Songlines Music Travel

FEATURES 25 Songlines 20th

Anniversary We celebrate 20 years with 20 great artists 38 Vula Viel

Bex Burch found ‘her instrument’ in the Ghanaian gyil 42 Silk Road Journey

Olly Burton documents his musical exploration 46 Colombia

Simon Broughton explores parallel music scenes in Cali

REVIEWS 52 Africa 54 Americas 58 Europe 64 Asia 65 Middle East 66 Fusion 72 Books 75 Classical & Jazz 76 World Cinema 79 Live Reviews

‘It’s a mythical instrument, the oldest in West Africa, but I have always tried to extend and develop the ngoni for our times’ Read the Beginner’s Guide to Bassekou Kouyaté on p84

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86 Tallinn Music Week

S i m o n

B r o u g h t o n

REGULARS

80 My World:

Mark Morris 83 Postcard from

Bangkok 84 Beginner’s Guide to Bassekou Kouyaté 86 Festival Pass:

Tallinn Music Week 89 Dispatch from

Medellín, Colombia 91 Quickfire 93 My Instrument:

Calum MacCrimmon 95 Gig Guide 102 Overseas Festivals 104 Essential 20:

Great Artists 106 Soapbox

42 Silk Road Journey Intrepid cyclist Olly Burton shares his Silk Road stories

42 Silk Road Journey Intrepid cyclist Olly Burton shares his Silk Road stories

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