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Wednesday, December 15 2010

The Best World Music of 2010

As in past years, Africa continues to dominate the world music scene in 2010 -- or at least, it seems to dominate Western perceptions of what "world music" might be. That said, the new vinyl archeology could be seen at work in all areas and all eras of recorded music.


Monday, December 17 2007

Kids Don't Go and Buy Anything Out of This Section: World Music 2007

As a category world music is both useful and frustrating. It puts CDs on the shelves and prevents people picking them up. It is the other-than category: other-than rock, other-than indie, other-than everything. It is the whole world and nothing definite.


Reviews

Sunday, October 9 2011

Omar Souleyman: Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts

The kind of music a pachinko parlour would make, if it were Syrian.


Wednesday, December 15 2010

Omar Souleyman: Jazeera Nights

Omar Souleyman is far from being a "typical" world music artist, even if he remains a fine example of what many musicians typically do around the world, namely experiment with, extemporize, and extend musical styles.


Thursday, July 23 2009

Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2020: Folk & Pop Sounds of Syria

Even the keyboard seems scraped and bleeding.


Wednesday, February 14 2007

Omar Souleyman: Highway to Hassake

It's music for clapping your hands and whirling to, music for mass, messy, male bounce-fests.


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