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Arabic-language Compilation Albums

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It is true some legends of Arabic Music have permeate international music market: Oum Kalsoum's powerful voice is respected the world over and Rachid Taha's Modern ra &; iuml is the soundtrack to the American blockbuster Black Hawk Down. There are many reasons the artists on this album haven't reached quite the same zenith and it's certainly not down to lack of musical talent. The Arab World encompasses twenty-two countries stretching across the Middle East and North Africa. The musical output of such a vast area is huge and much of the music included here is intended for local consumption, created by unsigned artists, or present new sounds created from mashing together fresh cultural combinations-approach that doesn't attract mighty machinations of mainstream music industry. World Music Network, independent record label for over twenty-five years, champions music that has rise up from the streets. This compilation is our selection of rare finds and choice cuts from the Arab musical world and its diaspora. Time to get down to business and take a look at the track list: Algerian-born French-living jazz-head Anis Benhallak opens the album with'sayda'. Silken yet strong vocals sung in Arabic are offset by plucky bass and riding rhythm. Next we hotfoot it over to Israel, from where Limor Oved hails. Channelling her paternal Syrian and maternal Libyan heritage, her Hebrew-sung track 'Blessed For Making Me Woman' calls for protection of women's rights in the Jewish World. The haunting track 'Ya Mo' was given to us by Jordan-base group Dozan. Founded by vocalist Shireen Abu-Kader, Dozan's shimmering sound is influenced by Sufi mysticism and spirituality. 'Afghano' is an instrumental delight by Al Andalus Ensemble, husband and wife team featuring Tarik and Julia Banzi. Al-Andalus was a medieval Islamic cultural domain that stretched across Spain and Portugal. In ululating oud and impassioned violin lines you can hear distinctive musical references to this great Ancient Islamic World. 'Mijwiz' is a hard and heavy anthem by Arabic Rock Orchestra, band who cite influences as wide as System Of Down to vintage Arab Druze singer Asmahan. 'Ilm' is a pensive reflection on intersection of flamenco, Indian and Arabic Music by England-base Jadid Ensemble. Chaabi-groove renegades Groupe Mazagan blast straight out of the contemporary Mahgreb scene with their Moroccan street vibes on 'Abdelilah'. 'Zornery' is by Daramad, Australian-Persian band whose signature sound is a tapestry of woodwind and string interwoven with passages of improvisational intrigue. Next up is gnawa-infused afro-jazz Of Gabacho Maroconnection, eight-strong French-Spanish line-up featuring saxes, ngoni, bass, drums, layer vocals and Moroccan percussion.'sandika' is a black up-tempo number from Gnawa Groover Simo Lagnawi. Simo melds his Berber origins with a gnawa feel and includes ahwash chant and sub-Saharan lute style. 'Hems' by Hijaz opens with a hushed flurry of whispering voices decorated by delicately pirouetting piano. Soon, flute, bass and drums join and tumble the track into a stylish jazz melange.

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