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Various Caravan of Light

Supporting the idea that art is the greatest armament against war, this CD of Persian- and Asian-inspired music accompanies a short political film of the same name. The songs, ranging from well-circulated tracks to newer cuts, assemble like-minded freedom fighters. An old Bassnectar remix of Michael Franti’s “Skin on the Drum” and an excellent track by Iranian vocalist Sussan Deyhim are familiar, while recent work by Haale and Mercan Dede and Azam Ali make great introductions. The sequencing is top-notch, making the compilation a down- to mid-tempo journey through a talented array of santurs, neys, and beats.

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