Must-Know Bellydance Song: “Misirlou”

Who, What and When? "Misirlou" is one of the most recognizable Arabic melodies there is, thanks to modern covers by Dick Dale and more recently, sampling by the Black Eyed Peas.  The earliest recorded version is from Egypt in 1919, with credit for the composition given to Sayyed Darwish, a prominent composer in Cairo at … Continue reading Must-Know Bellydance Song: “Misirlou”

Thoughts on “Bad Musicality” in Belly Dance

At a bellydance event, I recently overheard one dancer remark to another that she thought that the performer they were watching had "bad musicality". Putting aside questionable politeness, was does that mean  anyway? We have discussed musicality in the Daily Bellydance Quickies many times and in many ways. Loosely defined, it is the ability to illustrate the music … Continue reading Thoughts on “Bad Musicality” in Belly Dance

The Guest List: Belly Dance Drill Music Recommendations from Anasma

Have you ever wished you could peek into the iPods of famous bellydancers? I have - so I thought I'd ask a few... Anasma is the co-founder and co-director of the New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference, director of World Citizen Dance and an incredibly versatile all-around artist! Her performances tap into her background in ethnic … Continue reading The Guest List: Belly Dance Drill Music Recommendations from Anasma

Must-Know Bellydance Song: “Sawah”

Who, What and When? The original version of "Sawah" was recorded by Abdel Halim Hafez, also known as "The dark-skinned nightingale". The lyrics were written by Mohammed Hamza and the music composed by Baligh Hamdy. It was released somewhere between 1965 and 1969 as it is included in an anthology of those years - the … Continue reading Must-Know Bellydance Song: “Sawah”

Must-Know Song for Belly Dance: “Taht Il Shibbak”

We are moving on to #10 from the "Must Know Songs for Bellydancers" list with "Taht Il Shibbak" - a real favorite of mine! Who, What and When? This song first appeared in the Egyptian movie "Laabet el Sitt" (The Lady's Puppet) in 1946.  The music was composed by Asis Osman and they lyrics were … Continue reading Must-Know Song for Belly Dance: “Taht Il Shibbak”

Making the Most of Your Belly Dance Music

Around this time of year, I get the urge to clean out things and get rid of what I no longer have use for. I literally spent 8 straight hours ripping my bedroom apart this week.  I even vacuumed under that bed - take that dust bunnies!  Not only did I clear my room of … Continue reading Making the Most of Your Belly Dance Music

Must-Know Belly Dance Song: “Habeena Habeena”

Who, What and When? "Habeena Habeena" was written and performed by Farid al-Atrash, one of the greats of Arabic music known as the "King of the Oud." This song appeared in the film "Nagham Fi Hayati" which was released in 1975 and was the last film he made. What is this song about? "Habeena" means … Continue reading Must-Know Belly Dance Song: “Habeena Habeena”