Author: Richard Marcus

"Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan" CD cover and booklet (released by Ostinato Records)

Album review: "Two Niles to Sing a Melody"

The strings and synths of Sudan

Album review: Diali Cissokho and Kaira Baʹs "Routes"

Marrying music and culture

Sadaf Foroughi arrives on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on 11 March 2018 (photo: picture alliance/empics)

Interview with award-winning Iranian film director Sadaf Foroughi

Ava, my adolescent self

Lead singer Yvette Saatchi Perez and Mitra Sumara (source: Persian Cardinal Recordings)

Album review: Mitra Sumaraʹs "Tahdig"

Taking chances for change

The members of "Imarhan" (photo: Andrea Mae Perez)

Album review: Imarhanʹs "Temet"

Keeping it real

Author Samira Ahmed (source: Penguin Random House)

Book review: Samira Ahmedʹs "Love, hate and other filters"

A sense of not belonging

Maya Youssef Trio at Musicport 2017 (source: YouTube)

Album review: Maya Youssef′s ″Syrian Dreams″

Hope still springs

Siwan in concert on 12 November in S'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (source: siwan.no; photo: Annie Boedt)

Album review: Jon Balke and Siwan – "Nahnou Houm"

Chasing an elusive heritage

Protesting the passing of Quebec's Bill 62 (source: itsgoingdown.org)

Bill 62 – Quebec′s burka ban

Veiled bigotry

Django Bates, Anouar Brahem, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland (photo: Bart Babinski/ECM Records)

Album review: Anouar Brahem′s ″Blue Maqams″

A gem of an album

Rafiki Jazz (photo: Rafiki Jazz)

Album review: Rafiki Jazz′ ″Har Dam Sahara″

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In life′s every moment

Jerry and Axmed Naaji, musicians in 1970s Mogadishu (source: Ostinato Records)

Album review

Lost Somali tapes: ″Sweet as broken dates″

Duo ″Ya Tosiba″ – vocalist Zuzu Zakaria and electronics whizz Tatu Mosak (source: YouTube)

Album review

″Love Party″ by Ya Tosiba: Sufi in the house

Canadian Nigerian singer-songwriter Sonia Aimy (photo: soniaaimy.com)

Album review: Sonia Aimy's "Nigerian Spirit"

The voice of defiance

The Dosti Music Project (source: Found Sound Nation)

Album review: The Dosti Music Project′s ″Travelers″

Coming home

Singer-songwriter Nazan Nihal and pianist-composer Utar Artun (photo: private)

Album review: Neotolia′s ″Neotolian Song″

Once upon a life

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