Author: Stefan Franzen

Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab (photo: Blythe Thomas)

Arooj Aftab's "Vulture Prince"

Coping with pain in Urdu

Sitar player Hindol Deb (photo: Hindol Deb 2021)

Album review: Hindol Deb's "Essence of duality"

Beyond the exotic – for a new East-West dialogue

"Female Voice of Afghanistan" streaming festival poster (photo: Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin)

"Female Voice of Afghanistan" streaming festival

Afghan women raise their voices against trauma

Kamancheh virtuoso Misagh Joolaee (YouTube screenshot)

Album review: Misagh Joolaee's "Unknown Nearness"

Silent yearnings

Matthias Wagner, founder and director of the Oriental Summer Academy (photo: Dorothee Philipp)

On the death of Matthias Wagner, founder of the Oriental Summer Academy

Mecca of Arab music in south-western Germany

Janto Djassi (photo: Kaaha Farah)

Groupe RTD

Energy and rhythm from Djibouti to the world

The members of Masaa (source: masaa-music,de)

"Masaa"

A fence turns to water

British Bahraini trumpeter Yazz Ahmed (photo: yazzahmed.com)

British-Bahraini trumpeter Yazz Ahmed

Diving for pearls

Musician Rabih Abou-Khalil (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Rabih Abou-Khalilʹs "The Flood and the Fate of the Fish"

Crisp chamber music

Ayca Mirac performs at Jazz Schmiede in Dusseldorf, 14 March 2018 (source: Facebook; photo: Michael Weilandt)

Album review: Ayca Miracʹ "Lazjazz"

The magic of the Laz

Egyptian singer Dina El Wedidi performs at the El Genina Theatre in Cairo (photo: dinaelwedidi.com)

Egyptian singer Dina El Wedidi

Hypnotic rail rhythms

Bahur Ghazi (centre) with his ensemble Palmyra (photo: bahurghazi.ch)

Syrian oud player Bahur Ghazi

Hoping for a phoenix

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