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”

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”

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”

Must-Know Belly Dance Songs: “Ya Msafer Wahdek”

Who, What and When? "Ya Msafer Wahdak"  was written for the 1942 Egyptian movie, "Love is Banned". This beautiful classic was written by Mohammed Abdel Wahab with lyrics by Hussein Sayed. Abdel Wahab is also the person that first sang it in the movie, although many singers have recorded versions since then. The song's opening … Continue reading Must-Know Belly Dance Songs: “Ya Msafer Wahdek”

Must-Know Songs for Belly Dancers: “Fakkarouni”

Who, what and when? "Fakkarouni" is yet another Oum Kalthoum classic on our list. This one was originally released in 1966 with music by Mohamed Abdel-Wahab and lyrics by Abdel-Wahab Mohamed - yes, you read that right! These are two different artists! This period of collaboration is considered to be the final phase of Oum Kalthoum's … Continue reading Must-Know Songs for Belly Dancers: “Fakkarouni”

Must Know Songs for Belly Dancers: “We Daret Al Ayam”

Who, What and When? "We Daret Al Ayam" continues the Oum Kalthoum portion of the Must Know Songs for Belly Dancers list! This beautiful song - one of my very favorites - was composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab and lyrics by Maamoon El Shinawi. It's a shame Oum Kalthoum and Mohammed Abdel Wahab didn't give … Continue reading Must Know Songs for Belly Dancers: “We Daret Al Ayam”