Nancy Mounir – Nozhet El Nofous (Simsara, digital)

Music is always also a form of incantation. According to the title, Nancy Mounir calls for a »Nozhet El Nofous«, a promenade of souls, on her debut album. Having already presented the project last autumn in Berlin, the composer now presents the results of her deep dive into microtonal singing from Egypt, which had been excluded from the canon of Arabic music defined by the Cairo Congress in 1932. In a ghostly duet with long-dead (counter-)icons, she discreetly fills gaps in the sound of historical recordings that are themselves of incomparable radiance and explosive power.