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28 The Beatles and India

UPFRONT 06 Top of the World CD 08 What’s New 14 Folk Focus 15 Spotlight:

Singing Wells 16 Introducing…

Tommy Khosla & Thiago França 18 Simon Says 19 Letters

FEATURES 22 Sona Jobarteh

The kora star talks education and activism 28 The Beatles and India

A look at the Fab Four’s globe-trotting doc 30 Béla Fleck

Banjo virtuoso returns to his bluegrass roots 34 Noam Vazana

Meet the musician reviving a lost language 36 Purbayan Chatterjee

Lockdown missives from the sitar master

REVIEWS 44 Africa 46 Americas 50 Europe 55 Asia 57 Middle East 58 Fusion 64 Books 65 Classical & Jazz 66 World Cinema 68 Live Reviews

“Afghan music survived in exile before, in Pakistan, Europe and

the US, but ultimately it’s in Afghanistan that Afghan

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music needs to exist” Simon Broughton on musical life

under the Taliban, p18

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REGULARS 72 My World:

Dave Watts 75 Postcard from

Lublin, Poland 76 Beginner’s Guide

to Amsterdam Klezmer Band 79 Quickfire 81 My Instrument:

Gro-Marie Svidal & her Hardanger fiddle 83 Gig Guide 89 Soapbox 90 Essential 10:

Indian-Rock Fusion Albums


15 Singing Wells

The project that is protecting and promoting East African music