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Cheerful Melodies from a Silk Road Crossroads,
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****1/2. This second album of Afghani music from the ARC label with Zohreh Jooya, vocalist, and the Afghan Ensemble, features Hossein Arman, arranger, vocalist, and harmonium player. Jooya's parents are Afghani and Iranian; she thus has studied and recorded in both musical traditions. While Afghanistan borders Iran, its core music is Indian/Pakistani-influenced. For instance, Afghani classical music includes ragas and ghazals, rather than maqams, but these particular tunes are popular and traditional from the early 20th century. Instrumentation includes both Indian and Persian types, or modifications. Thus, we hear here tabla and other percussion, a sarod-or banjo-like rebab, a banuri-like tula flute, and a tanbur lute. Most of the melodies, a total of 61 minutes, come from Herat and the north and west of Afghanistan. The mood is light with gentle, rocking rhythms and tunes of romantic and mystical lyrics. This is a sweet album that will bring cheer.