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Rough Guide to Bellydance

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1   El Samer Buy Buy
2   Ya Samara Buy Buy
3   Boos Shoof Buy Buy
4   Saidi Rara [Egyptian Cane Dance] Buy Buy
5   Basbousa Buy Buy
6   Nesma't El Nile Buy Buy
7   Salamatha Om Hassan Buy Buy
8   Tabla Sahrawi Buy Buy
9   Tamra Henna Part 2 (Feat. Hossam Shaker) Buy Buy
10   Kanoun Baghdadi Buy Buy
11   Fi Yom We Leyla In A Day And A Night (Feat. Hossam Shaker) Buy Buy
12   Tribal Princess Buy Buy
13   Istemem Babacim Buy Buy
14   Sadaf Iskandarani [Drum Solo] Buy Buy
15   Alouli Buy Buy
16   The A Train To Hios (Feat. Lefteris Bournia) Buy Buy

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The Rough Guide To Bellydance is a collection of magical tracks that encapsulate the power of the Middle Eastern dance they accompany. This Rough Guide includes the bellydance music played and composed by both Arabic and Western contemporary musicians from across the Middle East and North Africa as well as the US and Europe. Just tie a scarf around your hips and go for it! Ya allah!

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The connotations of the title might lead you to consider this the ultimate sellout to sexual exploitation, but hang on a minute--The Rough Guide to Bellydance reflects evocation rather than provocation, and covers a vast and ancient musical terrain. The Western words belly dance probably come from an Arabic word meaning country. What French colonials called la danse du ventre and Americans first called abdomen dance is a serious and even medicinal art form that goes way back in time. We all know that dance is a healing art, and this Middle Eastern female form of it is now once more being seen as such in the West. Every small town in Germany, for instance, has a studio devoted to it. What we get on this fascinating CD is a conspectus of styles linking Turkey and Armenia to Chicago and California, where some of the best belly dance musicians now practice. Tabla players Reda Darwish and Armando el Mafufo are two of these. Oud virtuoso Rabih Abou-Khalil, who here contributes a rousing number entitled "The Happy Sheik," with trombones and Miles-style trumpets, operates from Germany. Each track brings its own particular atmosphere, ranging from a Damascene nocturnal orgy to the coolest of dalliances by fountains. The most outstanding tracks are both by Nubian drummer Mahmoud Fadl: the first builds a serene edifice of filigree solos on drums and accordion, while the second gives us a tango transfigured by the spirit of the Orient. --Michael Church

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