Hookah Cafe (Free Spirit)
This superb compilation delivers what the liner notes promise: a musical trip through the smoky cafes of Morocco, Turkey and Egypt (it depends on what you are smoking, of course!). The 12 tracks make for excellent ambient moods on a mellow afternoon.
Our picks include Spiral Dance by Tulku and the superb Emeral Mineral in a Sea of Stars by Phil Thornton and Arab percussion wiz Hossam Ramzy. There are other more up-beat and dance-floor compilations of Middle Eastern music, but this is a good starter.
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