[Music] Abdel Karim Ensemble – Joyas de la Música Culta Árabe

As I spent Chinese New Year’s Eve in the company of a friend and watched in amazement as to how empty my part of town was, I decided to call it a night and spent a bit of time enjoying some music.  This was the first result of a healthy list of music I indulged […]

[Music] Le Mellotron: Paloma Colombe – Radio Amazigh #11 Hommage à Rachid Taha

The legendary Rock & Raï singer Rachid Taha passed away a few days ago at the age of 59 from a heart attack.  Many writers and commentators have eulogized him in his passing, but the best the most fitting tribute comes from Radio Amazigh DJ Paloma Colombe. Her program is mandatory listening for anyone into out-there music, […]

[Music] Various Artists – Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music

When he’s not working on his own music as Sonologyst, Raffaele Pezzella of Unexplained Sounds captures a lot of attention by releasing travelogue compilations covering the best of experimental and dark ambient music from various countries and regions. This one may well be his crowning effort. All of these, with the exception of Sharif Sehnaoui, […]

[Music] Rachid Taha – Rock The Casbah

Very unpleasant news to report today, as Algerian-French singer Rachid Taha passed away today from a heart attack.  He was one of the first and most important artists to fuse Raï and rock together in a way that gained him fame all over the world.  Here he is taking on The Clash’s cult classic.

[Music] Various Artists – Music From Yemen Arabia

Sub Rosa Records issues a magnificent collection of recordings done in Sanaa and Aden, Yemen’s first and second cities. The album was recorded in 1973 by Ragnar Johnson and Jessica Mayer, who did a stellar job making the original recordings sound so warm.