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Music of the Middle East and North Africa


Articles Related to Middle Eastern Music

Translations to Song Lyrics from Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Hebrew Languages

Music Reviews - CD's, Books, Videos

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Music of the
Middle East & North Africa

This menu leads to information about music of the Middle East and North Africa, as follows:

  • Articles About Music. These include information about rhythms, tips on how to purchase music, structural information about Middle Eastern music, and more.
  • Translations for Song Lyrics. It can be difficult to express the subtle nuances of music from another culture, and it's even more difficult when the lyrics are sung in an unfamiliar language. This section offers translations of lyrics from songs sung in Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, Greek, and Armenian.
  • Reviews. This section contains reviews of music-related products, including books, albums, and videos.
  • Music-Related Links. Sites with song translations, music downloads, news stories, musicians, and more.
  • Music Section Index. Site map detailing all music-related information on this web site, including articles, product reviews, translations of Near Eastern song lyrics, and shopping.

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