Rough Guide to Belly Dance Cafe

Performers Various Artists

World Music Network | February 24, 2009 | Compact Disc

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Belly dancing has a bad rep. It's largely perceived as cheesy, but in fact it's an old art called raqs sharki, with another more classical strand. Although primarily Middle Eastern, it extends into Turkey and Greece and throughout Syria and Lebanon. The music used for it can be quite wide-ranging, and certainly this compilation kicks off in high style with some gorgeous Syrian classical music from Jalal Joubi & Ensemble. The standard throughout is remarkably high, whether it's the multi-denominational Nazareth Orchestra or Glykeria, a Greek singer with an arresting voice backed by an imaginative band on "Min Perimenis Pia." Mohamed Iskander from Lebanon wraps it up with "La Tsalouni," which is actually a folk dance but manages, curiously, to have the feel of a hip-hop party track. Of course, rhythm is at the heart of belly dancing, and a pair of tracks here feature the Egyptian tabla, with a more metallic sound than its better-known Indian cousin. The Rough Guide to Bellydance Cafe might not redeem the reputation of the dance, but on the strength of this you have to take the music seriously. ~ Chris Nickson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 24, 2009

Genre: Middle Eastern

Style: International

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2007

Label Name: World Music Network

UPC: 605633118520

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Rough Guide to Belly Dance Cafe

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 24, 2009

Genre: Middle Eastern

Style: International

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2007

Label Name: World Music Network

UPC: 605633118520


Title Track Time
1.Marmar Zamani - Jalal Joubi & Ensemble --
2.Al-Atlal - Lubna Salame/The Nazareth Orchestra --
3.Soleyin Yildizlar Sevglim Nerde - Ensemble Huseyin Turkenler (instrumental) --
4.Enta Omri - Mohammed Ali Ensemble --
5.Ashshimtini - Sami Ali --
6.Tabla Solo - Mokhtar Al Said --
7.Gozyasi - Selim Sesler --
8.Min Perimenis Pia - Glykeria --
9.Helm (Intro Taksim) - Salatin El Tarab Orchestra --
10.Tahtihou Dajha - Salatin El Tarab Orchestra --
11.Awazil Yabou Ziloof - Salatin El Tarab Orchestra --
12.Habibi Ya Eini - Mayodi --
13.Mazamir Holiday - Upper Egypt Ensemble --
14.Mawwal Al Hawa - Sami Nossair Orchestra --
15.Ala Nar - Sami Nossair Orchestra --
16.Tsahpinoula Moy - Giasemi (Yasmin)/Nikos Saragoudas --
17.Souhair's Tabla - Mokhtar Al Said/El Ferka El Masaya --
18.La Tsalouni - Mohamed Iskandar --

Editorial Notes

Belly dancing has a bad rep. It's largely perceived as cheesy, but in fact it's an old art called raqs sharki, with another more classical strand. Although primarily Middle Eastern, it extends into Turkey and Greece and throughout Syria and Lebanon. The music used for it can be quite wide-ranging, and certainly this compilation kicks off in high style with some gorgeous Syrian classical music from Jalal Joubi & Ensemble. The standard throughout is remarkably high, whether it's the multi-denominational Nazareth Orchestra or Glykeria, a Greek singer with an arresting voice backed by an imaginative band on "Min Perimenis Pia." Mohamed Iskander from Lebanon wraps it up with "La Tsalouni," which is actually a folk dance but manages, curiously, to have the feel of a hip-hop party track. Of course, rhythm is at the heart of belly dancing, and a pair of tracks here feature the Egyptian tabla, with a more metallic sound than its better-known Indian cousin. The Rough Guide to Bellydance Cafe might not redeem the reputation of the dance, but on the strength of this you have to take the music seriously. ~ Chris Nickson
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