I would guess most of these recordings are from the 80s and 90s, but could be wrong. this like other compilations on Sublime Frequencies, have poor, if any, liner notes, and often include many "unknown" artists. probably because the songs are from cassete tapes found on the floor of some dude's car or in a box in the storage room of some restaurant - yet the varying sound quality do not hinder, and maybe even in some cases enhance, the irresistable magical charm of these tunes.
the sound is sweet, strange (to my ears) and satisfying: imagine the stately grandiosity of a Gamelan ensemble in service of catchy 5 minute pop songs rich with flavors including Mid Eastern and what sounds like Egyptian. some times like ballads and sometimes like trip-hop; alternating male, female, and children singers; these songs have that sweet heart-ache of old Reggae, innocence of Hawaiian songs, the alien air of Arabic classical music, with groovy rhythms and hummable melodic lines.
note: even though these recordings are widely available I am sharing them because as much hard work as Sublime Frequencies have done to bring this music to these shores, they did not make it, and most of the musicians who did make it probably are not seeing a dime from these releases.
note 2: a while ago I took the liberty of editing out some songs that were not nearly as pleasing as the others. there may not be convincing enough reasons why you should trust my curatorial agenda or skills, but you should.