At five in the morning a wailing comes up from the valley below as one mosque after another broadcasts the call to prayer, a coagulating chorus joining up together in one unified lament – Allāhu akbar,  Allah, Ash-hadu an-lā ilāha illā allāh, Ash-hadu anna Mohamadan-Rasul ullāh……  It is weird and unearthly, and as I lay in my bed,  listening to this otherworldly ululation coming ...

Derya Yıldırım takes the stage at a packed house in Berlin’s Gretchen club one night in November 2019. “It feels like a home-crowd tonight,” she says before launching into her hit, Nem Kaldı (“A Song”) by Aşık Mahzuni Şerif, featuring frenetic saz cut through by wah-wah guitar arpeggios and Doors-like organ riffs. The music verges between joy and sadness, offers something close ...

FIVE-MAN LA CARAVANE PASSE, led by multi-instrumentalist, multi-linguist Toma Feterman, returns with Nomadic Spirit, their sixth album, a dizzily euphoric, Babylonian  mix of Balkan Gypsy, flamenco, hip-hop, gnawa and Oriental excursions. As with the previous albums, a burlesque mood pervades these eleven very different songs. Toma Feterman sings in Parigot French with a liberal dose of English and some Spanish and Serbo-Croatian ...

There is something rather tongue-in-cheek about the very idea of Sufi Dub Brothers. How else to imagine bass heavy dub electronica juxtaposed with classical sitar raga - the sedentary formality of the sitar with club cool techno beats.  The irony flows right from the outset with a melodious lilting voice intoning “The Sufi Dub Brothers gettin’ down,” over a serious ...