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Radio Bastet

If you love vintage Middle Eastern music like I do – I mean the real stuff, with heavy drums and real instruments, rather than the drum kits and keyboards of today’s Arabic music, you absolutely must check out the podcasts of Radio Bastet. Marisa, the site owner, has a massive collection of golden age belly dance vinyl LPs and has put together around 80 podcasts for our listening pleasure with tracklists, album covers, and all. Such an amazing collection! This is not only some of the best belly dance music out there, but sounds I would recommend to any music lover.



Karl Hector “Jazz Modal Du Monde” Mix


Listen to one of my favorite mixes, “Jazz Modal Du Monde” by Karl Hector. Lots of great middle eastern sounds. Right click the link to download the mix and check out the Paris DJ’s site for more info on Karl Hector and this mix.

Here is the tracklist:

01. Nadi Qamar – After Glow
(from ‘The Nuru Taa African Musical Idiom: Played on the Mama-Likembi’ album, 1975 / Folkways)

02. East New York Ensemble De Music – Mevlana
(from ‘At The Helm’ album, 1974 / Folkways)

03. Art Blakey – Obirin African
(from ‘The African Beat’ album, 1962 / Blue Note)

04. Sun Ra – Mayan Temples
(from ‘Of Mythic Worlds album, 1980 / Philly Jazz)

05. Okay Temiz / Johnny Dyani – Sark Gezintileri
(from ‘Witchdoctor’s Son’ album, 1976 / Yonca)

06. Claude Delcloo / Arthur Jones – Africanasia (Part 1)
(from ‘Africanasia’ album, 1969 / BYG)

07. Bilal Abdurahman – Tone Poem Mysterioso
(from ‘Innovative Rhythmic and Tonal Textures for Developing Creative Motor Skill Activities’ album, 1976 / Folkways)

08. Maffy Falay / Sevda – Tamzara
(from ‘Jazz I Sverige ’72′ album, 1972 / Caprice)

09. Toni Esposito – Processione Sul Mare
(from ‘Processione Sul Mare’ album, 1976 / Numero Uno)

10. Lloyd Miller – Hue Wail
(from ‘Oriental Jazz’ album, 1969 / East West)

11. Mulatu Astatke – Kulunmanqueleshi
(from ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ 1972 / Worthy)
12. Girma Bèyènè – Ene Negne By Manesh
(from ‘Enken Yelelebish’ 7 inch, 1969 / Amha)

13. Sun Ra – Aiethiopia
(from ‘The Nubians of Plutonia album, 1966 / Impulse)

14. Munir Bechir and his Quartet – Iraqui Dabka
(from ‘Babylon Mood’ album, 1972 / Parlophone)

Latcho Drom

Beautiful clip from the highly-recommended movie, Latcho Drom, which captures the journey of Romani gypsies from India to Spain through music and dance. This clip shows the folkloric music and dance of the Ghawazi people in Egypt.

Abdel Halim Hafez – Teftekernie

Beautiful 60s Arabic music by Abedel Halim Hafez. For those who know, that is Omar Khorshid on guitar!