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Women Of Istanbul
Marvellous survey of the greatest female singers of Istanbul from 1920 till the mid-1940s, the golden era of Turkish nightclubs. 40-page booklet with translations and rare photos. Warmly recommended.




Omar Khorshid Guitar El Chark
'Amazing belly dance Arabic surf guitar psychedelic oriental lounge', from rare 1970s LPs by the king of Arab guitarists, veteran of the orchestras of Abdel Halim Hafez and Oum Kalthoum.



Turkish Tradition Masterpieces Of Turkish Musical Culture
Chris King from Dust To Digital giving a heap of Turkish 78s the pile-em-high, sell-em-cheap reissue treatment. Naff artwork and crap notes, but some marvellous music to wheedle out, no doubt.



Hayvanlar Alemi Yekermo Sew
A shocking-rocking Mulatu version, and some improv. Limited, to go with the tour.



Ahmad Zahir Volume 2
Psychedelic East-West folk-pop from 1970s Afghanistan.



Derdiyoklar Disko Folk
From 1979, the third album by this Anadolu pop duo based in Germany, entertaining Turkish weddings and circumcision feasts with their quite nutty electro-folk blends of plugged-in saz, guitar, drums, synths.



Elias Rahbani Mosaic Of The Orient
The younger of the two Rahbani brothers, who dominated and revolutionized Lebanese music in the 1960s. Drawing on the two volumes originally released in the mid-1970s.




Omar Souleyman Haflat Gharbia (The Western Concerts)
Hot Syrian dabke highlights from trail-blazing tours between 2009 and 2011. Clear, dynamic recordings; tearing performances, as anyone who went along will testify. Tufnell Park was a sozzled blinder.



The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff
Dusting off Armenian, Greek, Arabic, Kurdish, Assyrian, Persian, Caucasian roots and 'a stillness that has not been darkened at all, and has the degree of density that leaves the Gurdjieffian silence immaculate.'



Trio Chemirani Invite
The Iranian percussion group with guests Ballake Sissoko, Omar Sosa, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Ross Daly, Sylvain Luc and Titi Robin.



To What Strange Place The Music Of The Ottoman-American Diaspora, 1916-1929
The joys and sorrows, and virtuoso musicianship, of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim immigrants from the dissolving Ottoman Empire, recorded in NYC plus a disc of masterpieces from their homeland. Warmly recommended...



Le Trio Joubran AsFar
Three Palestinian brothers, master oudists intensely emotional and dramatic, thunder shot through with lightning joined by percussion and now and again the Tunisian singer Dhafer Youssef.