The group AHURA was founded by Mohammad Eghbal in 1989. AHURA’s music is sufi music, inspired by poems of Persian poets and mystics, above all by Mevlana Djellalledin RUMI, whose spiritual message for understanding among the nations AHURA tries to convey by means of traditional oriental sound structures as well as by including new sound elements.
The Jilala is an order of dervish musicians known for their practice of trance dancing and spiritual healing. They are called upon to exorcise evil spirits and to purify the heart. The Jilala are particularly useful in curing cases of epilepsy and hysteria, controlling the spirits or demons in possession of the subject through their music and the ritualized gestures of the dance.
Kaazim Zareb is a professional bellydance accompanist who brings into his music some improvisational flavor reminiscent of jazz. His album "Miraaya" was released on Webbed Hand and produced by Thomas Park (aka Mystified) and C.P. McDill. The tracks on this album blend elements of traditional Middle Eastern musical idioms with contemporary electronica mixing style.
Dub producer Mad Professor and Turkish "Oriental Dub" group Baba Zula have collaborated on at least two albums, though the category has stuck more to Baba Zula's style of music rather than going more towards Mad Professor's usual dub/roots reggae.