Byzantine Time Machine are a new discovery, thanks to a darling friend in Italy who hipped me to their mix of ethno-dub music a few months ago.
I’m not a fan at all of when labels throw mere snippets of an album simply to force you to buy vinyl (which is reasonably priced, but shipping is more than the disc itself, make it a horribly overpriced artifact).
Still, I’m a fan of pretty much everything Habibi Funk has released. I’m sure this gem by Moroccan musician Abdou El Omari will be no exception, judging by the wee snippet.
Omar Metioui is a Moroccan classical musician who was born in 1962. In this album, Metioui collaborates with Mohamed Mehdi Temsamani in their interpretation influenced by the Andalusian poet Al-Shustari.
Turkish oudist Mehmet Polat, a familiar name to this blog, has new music available!
An early Christmas present for my friends on the Gregorian calendar, courtesy of Fairuz.
All credit goes to my friend Thomas for hipping me to Assa’d Khoury, the king of Syrian electronic belly dance groove music.
Ghoula is an arist from Tunisia who makes an aural salad out of Hip-Hop, electronic music, North African ethnic instrumentation and whatever else he can throw in. It’s nice to hear real fusion still being made.