Ghazal are an Iranian-Indian supergroup of sorts comprised of Kayhan Kalhor from Kurdish Iran on kamencheh, sitarist Shujaat Khan and tabla player Swapan Chaudhuri, who both hail from India.
[Video] Mah Banoo Ensemble – جان عاشق
Iran has a musical tradition that I find even richer than the local Arab Gulf states have, and they aren’t exactly hurting in the music department.
There is precious little known to Anglophone readers of the Mah Banoo Esemble except that the composer of this particular piece is one Majid Derakshani, who is a legendary composer and oud player.
[Video] Khalil Alinejad – Mola Janam
This isn’t anywhere near pop music, but Seyed Khalil Alinejad (or Alinezhad, as he is sometimes transliterated) was a master of the tanbur, an instrument popular among Iranian Kurds. He was murdered in 2001 by unknown assailants.