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Review of Azerbaijani Gitara

Azerbaijani Gitara

Rüstəm Quliyev

Bongo Joe

Rating: ★★★★

As well as a hot contender for this year’s Most Charmingly Naff Cover Photo award, the inside of this album...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Silver Sanctuary

Silver Sanctuary

Zedashe Ensemble

Electiic Cowbell Records

Rating: ★★★★

Zedashe are an accomplished polyphonic choir from Georgia, based in the fortress city of Sighnaghi in the wine-growing area of...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Oriental Music

Oriental Music

Omar El Shariyi (Ammar El Sherei)

We Want Sounds

Rating: ★★★★

This vinyl-only remaster of the now cult classic album originally released by Cairene label Soutelphan back in 1976 celebrates two...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Café Türk

Café Türk

Café Türk

Zel Zele

Rating: ★★★★

This LP is one of the most welcome releases of the year, and the story behind it is a heart-warming...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Soundplaces

Soundplaces

Derya Türkan | Sokratis Sinopoulos

Top of the World

Seyir Muzik

Rating: ★★★★

Derya Türkan is a Turkish player of the Klasik kemençe, a three-string fiddle played on the lap, while Sokratis Sinopoulos...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Persiennes d’Iran

Persiennes d’Iran

Atine

Accords Croisés

Rating: ★★★

I’m often frustrated by the many talented female Iranian musicians, particularly instrumentalists, who don’t get the exposure and recognition they...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Turquoise

Turquoise

Mohammad Reza Ebrahimi

PHM Records

Rating: ★★★★

Mohammed Reza Ebrahimi is a virtuoso of the oud and Persian tar, and an instructor at the Music Conservatory of...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Çay Vakti

Çay Vakti

Yair Dalal | Project Suzy

Primary Music

Rating: ★★★

This charming release features two of Israel’s most highly regarded musicians collaborating to showcase songs from the early years of...

Reviewed in issue November/2020

Review of The Promise

The Promise

Mehmet Polat

Aftab Records

Rating: ★★★

Turkish oud player Mehmet Polat further develops his style on this solo album with the help of others on traditional...

Reviewed in issue November/2020

Review of Death of the Prophet

Death of the Prophet

Sabreen

Akuphone

Rating: ★★★★

Readers may be familiar with Parisian oud player Kamilya Jubran for her collaborative work with Swiss based trumpeter and electro-pioneer...

Reviewed in issue November/2020

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