Album: Dozan, Introducing Dozan, (World Music Network)

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This CD brings an excellent new Jordan-based group to Western audiences.

Singer Shireen Abu-Khader fronts an ensemble of musicians from across the Middle East in a series of songs drawn from both Muslim and Christian traditions: the effect is interestingly unplaceable, and Shireen's voice has irresistible charm. The ensemble's desire to win new audiences for their traditional songs leads them to experiment with new modes, without erasing what makes their music special.

Pick of the Album: Try to place 'Lamma Bada Yatathanna' geographically