Rough and terrific sixties and seventies rock shit from North Africa and the Middle East, on beautifully coloured vinyl, attractively sleeved.
Precious 78s about sex, booze, marriage — the original Yidl Mit Seine Fidl, a wild Simchas Torah — from the first Yiddish theatre in Europe. Patrons like Kafka, Joseph Roth and Chagall were knocked sideways.
Marvellous survey of the greatest female singers of Istanbul from 1920 till the mid-1940s, the golden era of Turkish nightclubs. 40-page booklet with translations and rare photos. Warmly recommended.
Classical themes of courtly love, nostalgia, absence, from sublime fourteenth-century texts, done the old-fashioned way, with fine qanbus (Yemenite, not Oriental lute), and copper plate percussion.
‘Zadik Zecharia’s zorna playing is a powerful relentless blast of beauty. The drone-like qualities that engulf both the listener and player are unyielding in their intensity from start to finish.’
Boogaloo, Bollywood and Blaxploitation, prog and psych, funk, bossa and jazz — in amongst the santur, tar, and tonbak, Middle Eastern pop and folk. Smart, swinging, fun, unlikely and compelling.