Here is a rarity well worth exploring: Chaabi. Using standard Arab-Andalusian music as a base, Muslim and Jewish artists with a gritty urban sensitivity added a bit of jazz, blues, etc., and came up with something that, to me, sounds more like Greek Rembetica than anything else I know.
This style virtually disappeared with the independence of Algeria but leader/pianist Abdel Hadi Halo and his producers from Honest Jons have pulled a Ry Cooder here and rounded up some oldtimers for this recording. They do a really good job vocally and on their mostly Middle Eastern instruments, and they create a great, grungy atmosphere. Their names are listed, but one can't tell who's doing what on a particular track, because the album notes are entirely English translations of the lyrics. This made it necessary to look elsewhere for info, but the poetic cries to God for help with love gone wrong did add quite a bit to my appreciation of the enterprise.