Alsarah & The Nubatones: Habibi Taal

Unique and rare sounds from the Middle East in a look at the creative publication's current music issue

This week, we check in with Dubai-based Brownbook magazine in celebration of the mix of “legends and underground heroes” included in their current music issue. In addition to a pull-out songbook featuring sheet music from classic Egyptian songstress Umm Kulthum, the informative issue features the father of Ethiopian jazz, Mulatu Astatke, as well as the co-founder of Seattle’s cult music label Sublime Frequencies, and visits a Turkish cymbal factory and the only record store in Mauritania. For a taste of the regional music grabbing Brownbook’s attention, have a listen to their music issue mixtape in full and check out some individual highlights below.