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30 Mónika


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19 Urban Village

UPFRONT 06 Top of the World CD 08 What’s New 13 Folk Focus 14 Songlines Music

Awards 2020 17 Spotlight:

Jamboree 18 Introducing...

Star Feminine Band & Urban Village 20 Simon Says 21 Letters

FEATURES 22 Best Albums of 2020

Our ten favourite albums of the year 24 Liraz

The singer rediscovers her Iranian roots 28 Afrobeats

Africa’s hot new sounds shaking the mainstream 30 Mónika Lakatos

The Hungarian singer on her Gypsy culture 34 Dub London

Exhibition celebrating London’s dub scene

REVIEWS 42 Africa 44 Americas 46 Europe 51 Asia 52 Middle East 55 Pacific 56 Fusion 62 Books 63 Classical & Jazz 64 World Cinema 66 Live reviews and gig listings gig listings ating ne

“To reassure myself 2021 won’t be anything like the annus horribilis of 2020, here are ten solutions for living soundly through the pandemic – and (thinking wishfully) its aftermath”

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Chris Moss reveals his hopeful resolutions for the New Year, see p81


67 Live Reviews


68 My World:

Stewart Lee 71 Postcard from:

Aomori, Japan 72 Beginner’s Guide to Lo’Jo 75 Quickfire 77 Dispatch from

Istanbul, Turkey 79 My Instrument:

Cätlin Mägi 81 Soapbox 82 Essential 10:

82 Essenti


Classic Dub Albums

14 Songlines

14 Song

Mus Tony and Mase

Music Awards: Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela



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