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UPFRONT 06 Top of the World 08 What’s New 13 Songlines Encounters

Festival 2023 14 Introducing…

Shovel Dance Collective and Su-a Lee 17 Spotlight:

Lisa O’Neill 18 Simon Says 19 Letters

FEATURES 20 Ali Farka Touré

Remembering the Malian maestro 26 Hack-Poets Guild

A trio reviving history’s darkest ballads 30 Baaba Maal

Senegal’s finest returns with long-awaited new album 34 Polobi

A glimpse of the reclusive gwo ka legend 36 Taiwan

Uncovering the island’s aboriginal music

REVIEWS 42 Africa 46 Americas 50 Europe 56 Asia 58 Middle East 60 Fusion 64 Classical & Jazz 65 Live Reviews

“[Stella Chiweshe] heard the voices of her ancestors

in her ear, telling her the only remedy to the pain in her chest was to play the

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instrument [the mbira]” Read Nigel Williamson’s obituary of pioneering

Zimbabwean musician Stella Chiweshe, p12

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REGULARS 66 My World:

Tom Cox 68 Beginner’s Guide to

Gal Costa 70 Festival Pass:

Budapest Ritmo 73 Postcard from

Thailand 74 Dispatch from

Angola 75 Quickfire 77 My Instrument:

Maija Kauhanen and her kantele 78 Gig Guide 81 Soapbox 82 Essential 10:

African Guitar Albums

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