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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.

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.

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.

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.

Tanburi Cemil Bey Vol. I
Stunning. From 1910-14, brilliant suites (pesrev and saz semai) and breathtaking, elegiac improvisations (taksims) on tanbur and kemence. The most renowned composer of Ottoman instrumental art music.

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.

Drinking Horns And Gramophones The First Recordings in the Georgian Republic, 1902-1914
Folk music of searing lyricism and breathtaking complexity a work-song in four parts, rare early liturgical chant, and numerous toasting songs, with masterfully handled dissonance and improvisation.

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).

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...

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.

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.