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UPFRONT 06 Top of the World 09 Setting the Scene…

Mayssa Jallad and Mary Ocher 10 What’s New 15 Songlines Encounters

Festival 2023 16 Introducing…

Catriona Price and Islandman 19 Spotlight:

Duarte 20 Simon Says 21 Letters

FEATURES 22 Arooj Aˆab

On her new trio’s improv adventures 26 Songlines Music

Awards Nominations Get to grips with 2023’s noteworthy nominees 30 Tashi Lhunpo Monks

A masked and musical New Year celebration 36 Naples

Sound eruptions from the volcanic centre 38 Dur-Dur Band Int.

Somalian music legends back with a bang

REVIEWS 42 Africa 44 Americas 48 Europe 56 Asia 58 Middle East 60 Fusion 64 Classical & Jazz 67 Live Reviews

J e s u s

C o r n e j


“We have a very distinct

identity: melancholic, passionate, but we don’t dance… we turned into

an intellectual and emotional society”

Read our Beginner’s Guide to Uruguay’s Jorge Drexler, p70


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REGULARS 68 My World:

Dada Masilo 70 Beginner’s Guide to

Jorge Drexler 72 Festival Pass:

OFFest 75 Postcard from

Antrobus 77 My Instrument:

The Yoshida Brothers’ Tsugaru shamisen 78 Gig Guide 81 Soapbox 82 Essential 10:

Raga Fusion Albums