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Selda Vurulduk Ey Halkim Unutma Bizi
Her fourth LP, from 1979, on the eve of the coup d'etat in Turkey. (The military government hauled her into court three times.) Charged songs with reverbed guitars and baglamas about mountains, families, desolation...



Selda
Terrific, angrily socialist Turkish folk music crossed with synths, fuzz and stoner flute. Her second LP.



EEK Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute
Cranked-up shaabi, hotly recommended. Islam Chipsy playing synth, with drummers Khaled Mando and Islam Tata. Check film of them here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNLv5WBWe6M



DJ Sardena Studio Sardena
An invigorating sampling of the prodigious output of this joint in Matariya, Cairo. Mahragan, or electro-shaabi, stripped down Sardena-style: auto-tuned, maxed-out vocals, thumping beats, synths, wild effects.



Let No One Judge You Early Recordings From Iran, 1906-1933
Ravishingly beautiful, achingly precious songs and instrumentals, sumptuously presented: the Royal Court Orchestra in 1906 through to a hauntingly soulful Hafez setting by Moluk Zarrabi of Kashan, from 1933.



Wandering Stars The Lemberg Yiddish Theatre 1906-1910
Precious 78s about sex, booze, marriage the original Yidl Mit Seine Fidl, a wild Simchas Torah from the first Yiddish theatre in Europe. Patrons like Kafka, Joseph Roth and Chagall were knocked sideways.



Abd Al-Hayy Hilmi An Anthology
Giddily beautiful, heart-stoppingly emotional, freely original Egyptian art-song from 1904-1912 by this legendary dandy, who died of excessive drinking after a sea-turtle feast.
Way to go, Abd.



Choubi Choubi! Folk And Pop Sounds From Iraq, Volume 2
Another unmissable Mark Gergis compilation of Iraqi folk and pop, from the Saddam era. Fiddles, double-reed instruments, bass, keyboards, and oud over a driving beat topped with rat-tat-tat-tat percussion...



Khaled Aljaramani Athar
Virtuosic oud-playing from northern Syria, aiming for the evocation of 'spiritual states', in-between and unresolved.





Alpay Yekte
A compilation of the early-seventies singles of this Turkish footballer turned lawyer turned singer: doleful folk and classical Anatolian melodies shot through and through with heavy wah-wah.




Qat, Coffee And Qambus Raw 45s From Yemen
Vintage 60s and 70s oud and vocal music part of the classical Arabic musical tradition, yet taking its rhythmic lead as much from the East African coast (just twenty miles across the Red Sea).



Salman Shukur Oud
His only recording, though Head of Music and Professor of Oud at the Baghdad Institute Of Fine Arts for thirty years. East-West tone-poems, mixing formal variation and improv. From Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, 1976...



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