This post is somewhat off-track, but I love this music so much that I wanted to share. Artist Mel Ristau introduced me to the music of Anouar Brahem and I couldn't be more grateful. I find much Western music hard to listen to as I work because of the rhythms. I need more free-flowing (I know, I'm not a music critic . . . I'm sure that's not the right word) music as I write.
Brahem, a native of Tunis, plays the oud–an instrument his website calls "the lute of the Arab world." I may be the last person on earth to "discover" Brahem, but I wanted to share just in case there are more people like me out there.
Image: Cover of Le Voyage de Sahar (2006) by Anouar Brahem.