Various Artists

Founoun Iraquia No. 2

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This rarity is a fine one: a compilation that opens with a real bang in essentially traditional bedouin style: sinewy voices, classic ud, and driving, thrusting percussion by Salah al-Bahr (all names approximate, being in Arabic script only). The second has stunning sax. Half the cuts are devoted to one Hassan Faleh, a wonderful, very young-sounding vocalist with a more urban backing.