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Album of the Day: Hany Mehanna, “The Miracles of the Seven Dances”

You might not expect to find deep funk, psychedelic forays, and exotic futurism on a belly dance album, but back in 1973, Egypt’s Hany Mehanna—“The Organ King of Cairo”—was just the type of ambitious young musician to bring it all together. Mehanna, who would become a mainstay of composition and film soundtrack production, and remains involved in the Egyptian music industry to this day, was a huge influence on his country’s music scene. The Miracles of the Seven Dances, equal parts traditional and forward-looking, is regarded as his greatest musical achievement, and a rare gem for vinyl hounds. After digging in the crates for decades, now collectors can scoop up the reissue on the Radio Martiko label.

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