09 Malick Sidibé

Oumou Sangaré in the late photographer’s studio


16 Eva Salina

J o n a s

K a r l s s o n

UPFRONT 06 Top of the World CD 09 What’s New &

Obituaries 15 Songlines Encounters

Festival 16 Introducing...

Eva Salina & Robert ‘Robi’ Svärd 18 Simon Says... 19 Letters 20 Songlines Music Travel 21 Spotlight: Ffatri Vox

FEATURES 23 Songlines Music Awards 2016 The winners! 28 Lila Downs

The Mexican singer speaks candidly about her mestizo life 34 Roby Lakatos

The flamboyant violinist from Hungary 36 Sona Jobarteh

The Gambia’s modern kora-playing griot 43 UK Festival Guide

REVIEWS 60 Africa 64 Americas 68 Europe 77 Middle East 78 Fusion 83 Books 84 World Cinema 86 Live Reviews

“Tunis has become the cultural capital of the Arab world. It’s taken over from Baghdad...

Babel has foundered, Carthage is flourishing” Mehdi Nassouli speaks to Daniel Brown in Tunis, p95


D e b o r a h

F e i n g o l d

REGULARS 88 My World:

Tom Robinson 91 Postcard from

Assam, India 92 Beginner’s Guide:

Zakir Hussain 95 Dispatch from Tunis 97 Quickfire 99 Gig Guide 109 Soapbox 110 Essential Ten:

Kora Albums

65 Alfredo Rodriguez