Songlines covers music from every corner of the planet and I was their freelance art director from 2005 to 2012.
As a small independent title, we had tiny budgets. I was the only designer and did all the layout, production and marketing artwork, as well as occasionally art directing shoots and illustrating features.
Below is a selection of covers.
Angelique Kidjo used a metallic gold spot colour and it seemed she was very happy with the issue: “I just got my first copy of the issue Songlines!!!! It looks amazing and the piece is very strong! It makes me feel so good! Keep up the good work… Lots of Love, Angelique.”
I was particularly proud of us running this Gurrumul photo captured backstage by Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of a blind person on a cover without sunglasses. It was a brave choice for Songlines to commit to and helped challenge peoples perceptions of both blindness and what ‘should’ be on magazine covers.
Cheikh Lô was shot in Senegal by Youri Lenquette…
…and Youri Lenquette also shot the Youssou N’Dour cover.
Hugh Masekela was shot by Chris Saunders in South Africa, originally for GQ.
The Osibisa cover used an original piece of artwork by the legendary Roger Dean.
Anoushka Shankar by Harper Smith.
Tinariwen by Marie Planielle.
I commissioned Danny Allison to illustrate the Tomorrow’s Icons and Fela Kuti covers.
I commissioned Andy Potts for the Africa Express illustration.
I illustrated the cover of the Latin Wave issue, first by hand, then coloured and worked up in Photoshop. The Rise Up! cover was an illustration collaboration between myself and Xavier Francis.