The Arab world spans nearly twenty nations and a quarter of a billion people, and there are hundreds of folk styles that can be found between North Africa and the Persian Gulf. Throughout this immense region, a host of ancient instruments and, of course, a common language unites an Arabic music that has been evolving for centuries. Oxfam Arabia presents a cross-section of music from the region, including a variety of regional folk styles, raï, gnawa, wedding songs and Arab classical music. This album is produced in association with the major international charity Oxfam, who work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.
'The best compilation of contemporary Arab music.' Songlines