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Aicha Redouane Egypt
Intense Moroccan singer improvisatorially lighting up the rare, refined nineteenth century wasla style, in suite form, with chamber orchestra qanun zither, ud lute, kaman violin and riqq percussion.



Saudi Arabia Mohammed Aman, The Tradition Of Hejaz
Fine singing and oud-playing, with zither and violin, and the percussion which characterises the hejaz style nasgar and naqrazan, darbuka and tar, both held at the same time in the left hand, struck by the right.




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.



Cuneyt Sepetci And Orchestra Dolapdere Bahriye Ciftetellisi
Thrilling Roma music fresh from the Dolapdere district of Istanbul classic Turkish styles besides folk songs from Albania, Macedonia, Spain beautifully presented by A Hawk And A Hacksaw's ace label.



Shahram
The magic moments of Sharam Shabpareh, front-man of Iranian garage legends The Rebels. 'Blurting horns, evil bass grooves, cheesy organs, a thick strata of percussion going off like microwave popcorn.'



Shbahoth Iraqi-Jewish Song From The 1920s
Sides by the singers Hagguli Shmuel Darzi, Selim Daoud, Yishaq Maroudy and Shlomo Mouallim; and two by an 'Israelite Choir'.



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...



Omar Souleyman Dabke 2020
Jacking synths and electrified bouzouk, from the last decade, the north-east of Syria: 'one of a kind Dabke party tunes, regional Atabat-styled crooners, and unbelievable Iraqi party jams.'



Omar Souleyman Jazeera Nights: Folk And Pop Sounds Of Syria
Representing fifteen years worth of live recordings, rife with frenzied Syrian dabke, Iraqi choubi and the mix of Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish styles unique to northeastern Syria.



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.