April 10, 2020

The "Oriental Traditional Music" blog is back in a new home

As many of you know, it's been more than a year since Axel Elbin died. He was a great soul who ran the "Oriental Traditional Music on LP and Cassette" blog. He was also a commercial dealer in Indian Classical LPs and CDs -- quite a few of the posts here are transfers of LPs I purchased from him.

Since the links which he hosted at adrive have now exited, a dedicated group of individuals, led by Gary Pro from Seattle, have come together to host a mirror site. This site will look, act, and feel like the old site, with the exception that there will be no new posts.

Here is the announcement from the group. I was not involved in any way with the effort to do this and all credit goes toward those mentioned here:

Many of you are familiar with the priceless blog library of music and information called, Oriental Traditional Music from LPs & Cassettes.

The creator of that collection, Axel Elbin, aka Tawfiq, left his body last year. His last blog post was in March, 2019.

Axel stored all of the blog's audio files on public file storage sites...adrive, dropbox, and mediafire.

Axel's subscription to adrive has now expired, resulting in all of those audio file links to now fail. I suspect the same thing will happen with dropbox and mediafire.

Louis Farrugia, Daniel Fuchs, and I [Gary Pro] have worked to preserve this important library of incredible music.

A clone of Oriental Traditional Music from LPs & Cassettes, with all of the audio files, can now be found here:


It does not work exactly like the original. The little triangle zip expanders [on the years and months, in the index] do not work, so click the link [name of year, or month] next to it, instead.

This outstanding library must be preserved.

I [Gary Pro] encourage anyone, to use a website copier, such as HTTrack, do download the Whole site, which includes this blog clone. I may be told to take it down, in the future.

So please do visit that site and download what you can. Seek out these precious music files and listen to them and enjoy. 


  1. That's fantastic news! Bravo to all those involved for making this priceless ressource available to the world for many years to come. Bless you

  2. Thank you for the heads up. I can't envision a more fitting memorial. I imagine Axel would been honored.

  3. Many thanks to you and all concerned.

  4. Thank you very much for your willingness to make the precious legacy of Axel Elbin's blog available to all. Thanks to your efforts, so many treasures will be accessible again! An immense gratitude for this work.

  5. Huge work from Tawfiq thank you for think on every one of us and let the music shared live again

  6. What a great news and a beautiful idea, thanks to all involved!

  7. Thank you for keeping the archive!

  8. Thank you very much!!! great news in recent days

  9. Greatly appreciated boys!!!A million thanks!! Leonidas

  10. Very, very sad; but I'm so pleased this is being preserved <3

  11. Thanks so much for making this great music still available! I am very saddended to hear about Axel Elbin's passing, but hope he will prosper in his next life or whatever is next after this life. His site is a fantastic wealth of information. So glad that this music will continue to be avaiable.

  12. Thanks! I was a regular visitor over the last years and Axel's work expanded my musical horizons considerably.