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Time to tango…

Along with Carlos Gardel and Aníbal Troilo, there is really no other artist who has become as synonymous with tango as Astor Piazzolla. He was born in Buenos Aires on March 11 1921, so to mark the centenary of his birth writer Chris Moss takes an in-depth look at one of Latin America’s most influential composers of the 20th century. Although now widely acclaimed, Piazzolla’s career wasn’t without controversy as Moss outlines in his fascinating feature (on p20).

In order to better appreciate Piazzolla’s music, Moss has handily selected ten Essential Albums (p74) that showcase his music and also some by those who were inspired by him. There really is no better time to revisit the works of this avant-garde musician and composer.

As I write this, Boris Johnson is announcing his roadmap to end England’s lockdown, including the reopening of venues (with social distancing measures) to take place from May 17 onwards.

It clearly remains an incredibly diffi cult and uncertain time for musicians and venues. There have been several excellent online events recently, such as Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow and Au Fil des Voix festival in Paris (see p60-61). I was particularly moved by many of the musicians during the Celtic Connections concerts who mentioned that this was their first ‘live’ gig since performing at the festival last year. Even though they weren’t performing to a live audience, there was a palpable thrill in seeing musicians interact with each other.

I’m very happy to report that we’re still working with Kings Place on this year’s Songlines Encounters Festival and we hope to reveal more details in the next issue. For now, please save the dates (May 20-23), check online (kingsplace.co.uk) and we sincerely hope to finally see some of you in the flesh to enjoy what we’re sure will be a fantastic line-up of acts – and some sorely missed live music!

Piazzolla’s career wasn’t without

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Chris Moss Chris has been writing for Songlines since 2002. Last year was the first year since 1991 he didn’t travel to Argentina to buy tango records. This issue he examines the legacy of the tango genius Astor Piazzolla (p20).

Jim Hickson An ethnomusicologist and journalist, Jim is a long-time contributor to Songlines and a cataloguer with the British Library Sound Archives. This issue he talks to Zimbabwean mbira queen Stella Chiweshe on p28.

Wif Stenger Wif grew up in Asia, Scandinavia and the US and now lives on the Finnish coast. He contributes to Jazz Journal, The Guardian and Monocle and this issue speaks to Hildá Länsman about her band Gájanas on p17.

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.