Topic: Musical Worlds

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

Syrian oud player Bahur Ghazi

Hoping for a phoenix

Joobin Behkrad is founder and publisher of "Reorient", an online magazine for contemporary art from the Middle East (photo: Joobin Behkrad)

Interview with Joobin Bekhrad, publisher of "Reorient"

Love-letter to Tehran

Extract from the film "Sheikh Jackson" (source: YouTube)

Film review: ″Sheikh Jackson″

Pop go the faithful

A.R. Rahman′s ″The Sufi Route″ concert (source:

Sufism and Bollywood

A glittering antidote

Maya Youssef Trio at Musicport 2017 (source: YouTube)

Album review: Maya Youssef′s ″Syrian Dreams″

Hope still springs

Screenshot of the Schiller concert in Tehran on the website

Electronic music band Schiller in Tehran

The pull of the West

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

The Silk Road Ensemble (source:

The Silk Road Ensemble

"The Music of Strangers": A quest for perfect harmony

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

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

Album review

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

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

Jazz in the Arab world

The roots of fusion