The Road to Baghdad: New Maqams from Iraq (ARC Music)
This album by Iraqi Ahmed Mukhtar is full of wonderful, sparse songs often, not surprisingly, about war. "After the War," "Dance of War," and "Motherly" concern the effects of war, while other songs talk of Iraq's rich history and geography. Read more about Mukhtar and his musical journey at the BBC's Musician Stories.
Monday's mp3: Ahmed Mukhtar
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