Topic: Arab Music

Bahur Ghazi (centre) with his ensemble Palmyra (photo:

Syrian oud player Bahur Ghazi

Hoping for a phoenix

Maya Youssef Trio at Musicport 2017 (source: YouTube)

Album review: Maya Youssef′s ″Syrian Dreams″

Hope still springs

Aeham Ahmad playing his piano among the rubble, Syria (source: YouTube)

Syrian pianist Aeham Ahmad

How music can open doors

Siwan in concert on 12 November in S'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (source:; photo: Annie Boedt)

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

Chasing an elusive heritage

Oboist accompanies dancing children and teenagers in a school on the Greek island of Chios (photo: Stamatis Menis)

Music festival on the Greek island of Chios

Opportunities for reflection

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″


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″

Singer with the band project "Nishtiman" (photo: youtube)

The Kurdish people

Nishtiman music project: Transcending what divides

Cairo band ″Les Petits Chats″ (photo: Les Petits Chats)

Jazz in the Arab world

The roots of fusion

"Revolution Records": El Temraz, Ahmed Rock II, Amr Czar and Rooney Rady (source: Facebook)

Egyptian rappers

Keeping it real

German jazz quartet Masaa; Rabih Lahoud is second from right (source: Traumton)

Interview with Masaa frontman Rabih Lahoud

Outspoken appeal

Members of Emran Tenere in front of Kahf al-Jnun – ′the djinns′ cave′ – near Ghat in the Libyan Sahara (photo: Emran Tenere)

Tuareg fusion

Desert cats

Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi (photo: Julien Bourgeois)

Album review: ″Ensen″ by Emel Mathlouthi

Princess melancholy

Volunteers operate a stall at Baghdad City of Peace Carnival held on World Peace Day (source:

Baghdad City of Peace Carnival

Grassroots, green shoots