This is just the merest sampling of the huge amount of music available east of NATO territory... I can hardly claim that this is a comprehensive, or even representative, sample of what's available. Nonetheless, these are some of the albums which have leapt out at me over the last few years -- hopefully you will find these records as striking as I have. And keep checking this site for more reviews-- it is sure to expand over time. This is the first page covering the letter "F"...
Mahmoud Fadl "The Drummers Of The Nile In Town" (Piranha, 2003)
An excellent rhythmic instrumental set, uniting Nubian percussionist Mahmoud Fadl with several well-known Egyptian musicians from the city of Cairo, including drummer Mohamed Sobhi and the Hasaballah Brass Band (which, interstingly enough, has a rather klezmer-like sound to it!) Consistently engaging and fresh; belly dancers and more passive, couch potato-y world music fans alike should enjoy this set!
Asian & Islamic Albums: Letter "G"
Asian Music Index
World Music Index