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There truly is no other festival quite like Glastonbury. The scale of its reach – musically and physically – is incomparable. Between its extensive programme, guaranteed impromptu experiences and pure hedonism, it is the embodiment of the creative spirit. For one long weekend, crowds engage in collective states of play and inclusivi that feel, at the risk of sounding like exactly the sort of person who belongs in the fields of Worthy Farm, mind-opening. The festival was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary in June 2020, but that was kiboshed for obvious reasons. But, a er another cancellation last year, Pilton will finally host the belated birthday bash this June. To mark the occasion, Glasto veteran Christopher Conder revisits the iconic event’s history and asks what it’s done for world music (p22). That global acts like DakhaBrakha, Pongo or Mariachi Las Adelitas can appear in the same fields as Billie Eilish or Paul McCartney, o en even appearing on the main stages, is proof of Glastonbury’s commitment to our world music communi . It’s a delightful coincidence that one of the first African artists to perform at Worthy Farm were The Master Musicians of Jajouka, who also feature this issue as Torben Holleufer dives deep into the music from Morocco’s Jebala mountains, home of the Master Musicians (see p28).


Also this issue we catch up with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré about his return to the music of his father (p32) and editor-in-chief Simon Broughton visits Budapest’s impressive new House of Music (p34). I would also like to point out the stunning illustrations that grace our cover and main feature, which are the work of Glastonbury’s offi cial artist-in-residence, Kurt Jackson. For those of you attending the festival, be sure to stop by the Songlines stand next to the West Holts stage. Come say hello and check out which artist signings we’ll be hosting.

Alexandra Petropoulos, editor

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Martin Stokes Martin teaches ethnomusicology at Kings College London, with published books including The Republic of Love. This issue he speaks to Turkish musician Baha Yetkin about his ud on p79.

Melissa Reardon An experienced lifes le magazine editor of 15 years, Melissa writes about travel, adventure, food, drink and arts (melissareardon.com). This issue she visits the LEAF Festival in North Carolina (p72).

Christopher Conder Christopher is a music journalist, originally from Somerset but now living in London. He has been going to Glastonbury Festival for 22 years and hopes to manage at least as many again. Read his report on p22.

Songlines was launched in 1999 and is the definitive magazine for world music – music that has its roots in all parts of the globe, from Mali to Mexico, India to Iraq. Whether this music is defined as traditional, contemporary, folk or fusion, Songlines is the only magazine to truly represent and embrace it. However, Songlines is not just about music, but about how the music fits into the landscape; it’s about politics, history and identi . Delivered in both print and digital formats, Songlines, through its extensive articles and reviews, is your essential and independent guide to a world of music and culture, whether you are starting on your journey of discovery or are already a seasoned fan.