This is just the merest sampling of the huge amount of music available east of NATO territory... I can hardly claim that this is a comprehensive, or even representative, sample of what's available. Nonetheless, these are some of the albums which have leapt out at me over the last few years -- hopefully you will find these records as striking as I have. And keep checking this site for more reviews-- it is sure to expand over time. This is the first page covering the letter "E"...
Ensemble Al-Kindi & Sheikh Habboush "Transe Soufie D'Alep" (Le Chant Du Monde, 2003)
Beautifully packaged, with classy, luscious graphic design and copious, highly informative liner notes, this handsome pair of 2-CD sets present some of the world's greatest Sufi music from one of the most revered modern ensembles, the Ensemble Al-Kindi of Damascus, Syria. Sufi worshippers and fans of world music alike will find these albums quite compelling -- the music is drenched in transcendant, ecstatic spirituality, quite heartfelt and melodically rich. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Asian & Islamic Albums: Letter "F"
Asian Music Index
World Music Index