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Jagwa Music Bongo Hotheads
Casio and percussion nut-outs from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Songs about the concrete jungle, infidelity and voodoo, Mchiriku-style.



Zendooni Funk, Psychedelia And Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation
Boogaloo, Bollywood and Blaxploitation, prog and psych, funk, bossa and jazz in amongst the santur, tar, and tonbak, Middle Eastern pop and folk. Smart, swinging, fun, unlikely and compelling.





My Sweet Canary - Roza Eskenazi, Queen of Rembetika A Film By Roy Sher
90-minute doc the only footage known of Roza, performing on Greek TV; interviews with her biographers, musical colleagues, friends, lovers, family; Haris Alexiou, Yasmin Levy and co pitch in with music.



Gail Holst Road To Rembetica  Songs Of Love, Sorrow And Hashish
Unmissable, first-and-best, most thorough historical account. One hundred and ninety pages, with forty photos, eighty-odd song-lyrics and a CD of classic recordings (Bellou, Tsitsanis, Eskenazi and co).



Mustafa Kandirali A Tribute
The towering giant of Turkish Gypsy music a selection of the genius clarinettist's greatest sides, with a hard-cover book of photos from his personal albums, interviews, musicology, personal reminiscence.



Afghanistan Untouched
1968 field recordings: one disc the Tajiks and Uzbeks in the north, derived musically from the Central Asian steppe; the other going south for more Pakistani and Indian stylings. Forty pages of notes and photos.



Alla-Turca
Iconic bellydance album recorded in Istanbul in the 1960s heyday of the Turkish nightclub scene featuring dancer Ozel Turkbas and Turkish and Turkish-Gypsy legends like ney master Aka Gunduz Kutbay.



How To Make Your Husband A Sultan
'A practice run through with the record, and tonight you can be bellydancing for that luckiest of men your sultan!' Featuring Mustafa Kandirali. Notes include Ozel's original bellydance instructions with pictures...



Kemani Cemal Sulukule - Rom Music of Istanbul
Wonderful 1970s album by the Roma violinist mercurially improvisational, consummately skilful leading a five-piece through the traditional repertoire, rhythms like the ciftetelli and karsilama.



Armenians On 8th Avenue
From the early 1900s, New York's 8th Avenue was a new home for many immigrant Armenian musicians. By 1950, dozens of nightclubs ran from 23rd to 42nd Streets. These are 1940s recordings, poignantly presented.



Udi Hrant
The blind Armenian is one of the very greatest masters of the 12-stringed, fretless lute. Previously unissued, these recordings were made during his tour to the United States in 1950.



Udi Hrant The Early Recordings, Volume 1
Knockout stuff. Superb restorations of original 78s many original compositions, rare recordings of his violin-playing, ud solos; also his most famous improvisations, recorded when he was only nineteen.