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These recordings from Iran between 1906 and 1933 place the country’s music firmly between the Arabic world and the Indian.
There are Radiophonic-sounding wobbles from the accompaniment as Moluk Zarrabi sings; a Tar solo from a musician whose name is lost to time that unfolds like a paper flower dropped in water; and scratchy kamancheh fiddle from Hayk vying with the scratches on the vinyl.
Let No One Judge You
(Honest Jon’s Records)
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