Veteran rocker Brian Eno thinks music is ready for a whole new sound - and he's tipping Arabic tunes to move mainstream.

The 57-year-old star, famed for his flamboyant outfits as Roxy Music's synthesizer wizard, believes the new melodies will come from the Arabic world.

He says, "It's completely commercial, totally Arabic and totally viable for this world, just like the blues completely suffused the music of the early 1960s, woke it up and got it out of Cliff Richard and all this sort of thing and made it kind of dirtier and rougher and more lively and sexy.

"I think Arabic music is a similar prospect.

"I'd love it if American kids were listening to Muslim music. Wouldn't that p**s their parents off?"

08/06/2005 13:36