From the Arabic Top 10 – June 2014: “Kboush El Touti” by Hadi Daou

This month's pick from the Arabic Top 10 is actually a remake by Hadi Daou of a popular song from over 20 years ago.  The original version of "Kboush El Touti" (also known as "La Thezzi Kboush El Touti")  was recorded by Melhem Barakat, a Lebanese singer and songwriter.  This song is actually a funny … Continue reading From the Arabic Top 10 – June 2014: “Kboush El Touti” by Hadi Daou

CD Review: “Belly Dance Mirage” by Ya Salam Orchestra

"Belly Dance Mirage" by Ya Salam Orchestra has 13 tracks with a nice variety for any cabaret dancer looking for performance music. Among them, there are four drum solos ranging from straight-forward to complex. I would consider 5 of the songs to be "classics".  Ya Salam's renditions bring something fresh making them worth adding to … Continue reading CD Review: “Belly Dance Mirage” by Ya Salam Orchestra

CD Review: “Nasrah” – Turkish Bellydance

Although I readily confess that my heart belongs to classic Arabic music, even I get a craving  for the lively energy of Turkish belly dance music now and then. And 9/8... that is a delicacy all its own in my book! When "Nasrah" by the Huseyin Turkmenler Ensemble found its way into my hands, I … Continue reading CD Review: “Nasrah” – Turkish Bellydance

CD Review: “The Essence of Bellydance”

Al-Ahram Orchestra's "The Essence of Bellydance" was released in 2008. In the years that I've had it, I have returned to its tracks over and over for both performing and teaching, so I thought I'd let you get to know it if you aren't familiar with this versatile CD already. Overall, the album has a … Continue reading CD Review: “The Essence of Bellydance”

CD Review: Hossam Ramzy’s “Baladi Plus”

I recently got a copy of  Hossam Ramzy's "Baladi Plus". True to its name, this CD has a heavy, folksy feel throughout its eight tracks. As an instructor, I find a lot to like in this CD and my students can count on hearing a lot of it in class. This one will definitely be taking up … Continue reading CD Review: Hossam Ramzy’s “Baladi Plus”

CD Review: Hossam Ramzy’s “Rock The Tabla”

I recently received a copy of  Hossam Ramzy's "Rock the Tabla" CD for review. It arrived in the mail as I was headed out to teach so I popped it in the car CD player for a first listen. From the title (and the artist) I expected a CD of hot drum solos but this CD … Continue reading CD Review: Hossam Ramzy’s “Rock The Tabla”