With oud, qanun, violin, ney flute and darbuka drum, the Andelus Ensemble take a journey through classical Arabic music. They weave a light, graceful path across "Naghem Al Ams," while the ney takes a moody, shadowed solo on "Layali El Ouns," and the violin aches in a minor mode on "Hikayat." It's a disc that eloquently demonstrates the moods (and demands) of Arabic music, from gauzy playfulness to a deep, aching longing, all lovingly and gracefully performed.
By Richard Gehr on 04.22.11 in Reviews
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By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
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By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
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By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...