Sayyed Darwish in the NYT

I want to flag this NYT article on a new recording of Sayyed Darwish compositions. Darwish is the founder of modern Egyptian music and an important artistic commentator on social issues in Egypt for the first half of the 20th century, as the article explains. His music can be hard to find, particularly in the West, so it's neat that a new recording and tour in underway.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,