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Oriental Music - Released September 9, 2016 | Buda musique

Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Oriental Music - Released January 1, 2003 | Fifty-Five Records

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography

Oriental Music - Released September 8, 2014 | Buda musique

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Oriental Music - Released January 24, 2012 | world village

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Oriental Music - Released June 29, 2018 | Legend Records

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Oriental Music - Released January 9, 2012 | world village

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Oriental Music - Released July 15, 2016 | Legend Records

Oriental Music - Released January 1, 2000 | ARC

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Oriental Music - Released February 1, 2010 | ARC

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Oriental Music - Released August 26, 2013 | Fortuna Records

Oriental Music - Released August 2, 2011 | ARC

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After countless albums under his own name and guesting on other people's, the Egyptian percussionist comes out with something very high profile indeed. With people like jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Bollywood composer A. R. Rahman, and Turkey's Omar Tekbilek on board, it couldn't be anything less than stellar, and Ramzy has pulled out all the stops here. Although Egypt is at the core of everything, Rock the Tabla glides musically into many corners of the world, as on "Cairo to India," which brings two countries together quite naturally (as does the bonus cut, "This Could Lead to Dancing," which goes out on a glorious swirl of strings). In between, there's some stellar jazz-inflected material in "Six Teens," where Cobham offers a reminder of why he's so lauded, a pair of percussion duets (Egypt meets Japanese taiko drums and Egypt goes to Mali), and some Maghrebi pop on "Sawagy." The true highlight, however, is the title track, one of the best pieces of Arab rock to ever come out of a pair of speakers, with Tekbilek bringing the mizmar and a carefully unnamed guitarist who sounds suspiciously like a '70s icon (Ramzy worked on Page & Plant's Unledded), giving the tune some hard electric lines that really power it, and which might just be Ramzy's best composition to date. Unsurprisingly, all the percussion is mixed high, but not at the expense of everything else, and listening to the players is like attending a master class in musicality. It's certainly Ramzy's most inspired release in years. He's working with people he admires and who push him hard. The joy is hearing him -- and everyone else -- deliver. ~ Chris Nickson

Oriental Music - Released February 1, 2010 | ARC

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Oriental Music - Released January 24, 1970 | Fortuna Records

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Oriental Music - Released May 3, 2011 | ARC

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Oriental Music - Released September 28, 2018 | Fortuna Records

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Oriental Music - Released February 14, 2018 | Sony Music Entertainment

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Oriental Music - Released February 23, 2018 | Balaha Records

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Oriental Music - Released August 13, 2013 | Shanachie

With the success of the qawwali star's recordings for Real World after 1989, it was inevitable that other labels would begin delving into his vast back catalog in Pakistan. Based on the clean sound here, this must have been recorded in the 1980s. While the notes don't provide that kind of information, they do give extensive translations of the lyrics to these three romantic pieces, one of them nearly half an hour long. "Yeh Jo Halka Halka," a study in obsession, uses the language of intoxication to describe love: "The whole universe is in a state of drunkenness: the day, the night, the dusk, the dawn. Everything is perpetually intoxicated/all the result of your shy eyes." The combination of Islam and impossible love has produced whole worlds of timeless music, but little of it can match the unbridled passion of Nusrat and his ten-man "party," most of who sing in support of Nusrat's husky tenor. The lengthy translations here are a real plus as the lavish character of the words provide a fascinating counterpoint to this intensely emotive music. "Ni Main Jana Jogi De," a shorter piece whose 17th century lyrics describe love in religious terms, starts right out in a lively, tripping feel and ramps up the energy from there. A very different version of this song also appears on Devotional Songs (Real World, 1992). The lengthy final piece concentrates on the joy and release of a lover who has returned, and also the agony of her impending departure. The build from long, slow notes through passages of improvisation to the rapid circling of melodies that conclude these long qawwali pieces is one of the most consistently satisfying listening experiences in world music. ~ Banning Eyre
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Oriental Music - Released September 3, 2018 | Teta Records

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Oriental Music - Released April 18, 2018 | Sony Music Entertainment