Africa & Middle East
Syrian Dreams (Harmonia Mundi)
The sublime music on this ode to her native Syria has earned the qanun player, who moved to London under the Arts Council’s “exceptional talent” scheme, a second nomination alongside Best Artist, in the Songlines Music Awards 2018. Damascus-born Youssef’s virtuosic ability on the qanun is clear throughout the album. A Top of the World in #134.