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Review of With Love

With Love

wewantsounds

Rating: ★★★★

Egyptian-born Omar Khorshid was one of the finest guitarists in the Arab world, accompanying the likes of Oum Kalthoum at...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Manbarani

Manbarani

Natik Awayez

Top of the World

Sublime Frequencies

Rating: ★★★★

Natik Awayez won't be known to many readers. Born in Iraq, he has lived in Bulgaria (studying philosophy), Yemen, Sweden...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Levantine Rhapsody

Levantine Rhapsody

Didem Başar

Analekta

Rating: ★★★

Having spent the last 15 years collaborating on various international projects, Turkish-born Başar describes her first solo release as an...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Kabul Fire 2

Kabul Fire 2

Farhot

Kabul Fire Records

Rating: ★★★★

The first iteration of Kabul Fire offered a bold journey through producer Farhot's musical influences, inspirations and a sense of...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of The Art of the Duduk

The Art of the Duduk

Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian

Ocora Radio France

Rating: ★★★

The glorious 11th-century Varagavank monastery on the front of this CD shows that architecture is one of the great achievements...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Anatolian Sun

Anatolian Sun

Moğollar

Night Dreamer

Rating: ★★★★

Moğollar (the Mongols) were the original Anatolian rockers and coiners of the term ‘Anatolian pop.’ Back in the late 60s...

Reviewed in issue March/2021

Review of RAAZ

RAAZ

Hooshyar Khayam

30M

Rating: ★★★★★

Like an intoxicated dream, the sounds of provincial Iran and the wider world warp and meld into a feverish blurring...

Reviewed in issue March/2021

Review of Touch of Freedom

Touch of Freedom

Arya Aramnejad

Ajabu!

Rating: ★★★

Exiled from his native Iran for a song denouncing the Islamic regime, Arya Aramnejad now makes his music in Stockholm....

Reviewed in issue March/2021

Review of Guitar Duos of Kemal Belevi

Guitar Duos of Kemal Belevi

Duo Tandem

Naxos

Rating: ★★★

Kemal Belevi is a Turkish Cypriot composer and guitarist. Though his Cyprian Rhapsodies Nos 1-4, Suite Chypre and Turkish Suite,...

Reviewed in issue March/2021

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

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