The Latest: 32.2 | Music

Jeremy Henzell-Thomas suggests music opens hidden windows to the soul; Stefan Williamson Fa discovers the Sufi-Flamenco fusion of Aziz Balouch; Estrella Sendra listens to Senegal sounds; Rim Jasmin Irscheid takes us raving in Tehran; Katharina Schmoll ponders the burqa; and a short story by Nadira Babayev.

Rim Jasmin Irscheid grew up in Berlin, arguably renowned as the European capital of techno. Think endless thumping beats as revellers traverse the streets of the iconic city, negotiating their way into clubs that bow to the altar of pure unadulterated decadence.

The Black Muslim hip hop duo Poetic Pilgrimage – comprising Muneera Rashida and Sukina Abdul Noor – have been trailblazers in the UK scene.

Senegalese scholar, writer and musician Felwine Sarr suggests that the African continent is shaped by the ‘delocalisation of its presence in a perpetual future’, that is, a vision of what it will be; an incomplete present. An Afrotopia possible only through a spiritual, musical revolution.

I need to begin with a confession. I approach music not as a disengaged academic or critical exercise but from an experiential perspective as a keen amateur pianist, music lover and unashamed advocate of the power of music to move, inspire and heal the soul.

Gazing at the gallery of the former New Christian Science Church that Baron Rosenkrantz and Chisholm helped to design and create, I am struck by their diverging approaches to East and West.

It’s Not About the Burqa is a collection of seventeen essays written by, mostly British, Muslim women and edited by the writer and activist Mariam Khan.

The exploration of connections between flamenco, the main musical and dance tradition of Andalusia and the Romani people of Spain, and the music of the ‘Islamic world’ has been in vogue in recent years.