Oh damn. I've been vacillating all week between posting something hilariously satanic, something thuggish or something extremely lo-fi. For some reason I chose none of the above.
Yes, yes indeed. I won't hesitate to tell you that this CD is nothing less than ethnic. A lot of times the word "pop" suggests to us westerners who are intimately familiar with the term in all its commercial applications, an universal saccharine vapidity.
This compilation does not conform to any preconceived notions of what "popular" music is to the Western ear. I tried to play it at a party and it was totally misunderstood and heckled into submission. Perhaps for you as for me, that is a signal of encouragement (I followed it with mariachi). But then again, I'm a misanthrope. Oh all the political tangents my mind turns to just looking at the word Iraq. I won't go there in this forum.