YASMINE HAMDAN

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Al Jami­lat (Crammed Discs) The New York Times hailed her as “Ara­bic mu­sic’s mod­ern voice”. But Le­banese artist Hamdan is much more than that: a no­madic singer in­vested in bor­der-tran­scend­ing songs. Al Jami­lat (The Beau­ti­ful Ones), which fol­lows 2013’s feted Ya Nass (and a cameo in Jim Jar­musch’s cult vamp lick, Only Lovers Left Alive) does this with sub­tle, sen­sual, mag­pie deft­ness, string­ing Asian, West­ern and Mid­dle East­ern sounds to­gether like so many beads on a neck­lace. Dreamy.

BY CHAR­LOTTE RICHARDSON AN­DREWS

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