Filled with hauntingly delicate Asian vocals, earthy tabla rhythms and the mesmerizing drone of instruments like the sitar and harmonium, contemporary Asian music is an intuitive dichotomy between ancient tradition and modern innovation. This specially-priced 2 CD set from Narada takes a look at some of the label’s most popular artists who excel in music of the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Listeners can let themselves be swept away in the rich, intoxicating soundscapes of the popular group Vas, enjoy the sinuous, yet crystal-clear vocals of Sheila Chandra or experience the rhythmic intensity of the Dhol Foundation. Also included are Susheela Raman, Axiom of Choice, Jesse Cook, Greg Ellis and Omar Faruk Tekbilek.

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