Author: Richard Marcus

Israeli musician David Broza performs the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies on 29 May 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Album review: "East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem" by David Broza

"A combined effort of the mind, the heart and the soul"

Simo Lagnawi (photo: Simo Lagnawi/Riverboat Records)

Album review: "The Gnawa Berber" by Simo Lagnawi

A wholehearted expression of devotion

Vieux Farka Touré and Idan Raichel (photo: Jason Marck)

Album review: "The Paris Session" by The Touré-Raichel Collective

Expanding each other's musical horizons

Quraishi (photo: Evergreene Music)

Album review: "Mountain Melodies" by Quraishi

Keeping the voice of Afghanistan alive

Aziza Brahim at the 15th Malaga Spanish Film Festival, in Malaga, Spain, 24 April 2012 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Aziza Brahim's CD "Soutak"

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Music of beauty from a barren land

Book cover Throne of the Crescent Moon (DAW Books)

Saladin Ahmed's ''Throne of the Crescent Moon''

An Arab-American Fantasy Epic

Michael Muhammad Knight (photo: Kim Badawi - Reflux Pictures, Lorber Films)

Interview with Michael Muhammad Knight

''Religious Laws Can Change''

Omar Bombino Moctar and friends (photo: Ron Wyman/bambinoafrica.com)

Omar ''Bombino'' Moctar

Rebel Music from the Sahara