Bellydance Superstars [Ark 21]by
The first thing to do with this is ignore the title. Whether the belly dancers who picked these tracks are superstars or not is unknown -- but they have good taste in Middle Eastern music. There are four cuts from the Mondo Melodia stable (by Oojami, with the band's four-on-the-floor Turkish club mix, and three sha'bi selections from Hakim -- all good songs), but the rest spreads its wings much wider. Of greatest interest are three wonderful tracks by the legendary Mohamed Abdul Wahab, whose compositions helped bring Egyptian classical music into modern times, utilizing such contemporary instruments as electric guitar -- which features as a rhythm instrument on "Nebtidi Mnain El Hikaya." The guitar is also a mainstay on Shereen's "Ah Ya Leil," with a wah-wah lick underpinning the song à la "Shaft." With wonderful stuff from Warda, two excellent cuts by Dinletir ("Raks Africa" makes a powerful opening to the disc), and "Il Alem Allah" from Egyptian superstar Amr Diab, things move well. Two cuts of pure percussion make sure everything percolates, before the collection ends with the classic anthem "Habibi Ya Albi," in a version by Ihab Tawfik. It might be designed for dancing, but it's also a more than satisfying listening experience -- hip swaying optional.
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- Mondo Melodia
Technical CreditsSamir Bouchakara Composer
Najma Akhtar Composer
Hamdi Sokar Composer
Miles Copeland Concept,Execution
Joelle "Sahar" Ferrando Executive Producer
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Great original bellydance music, and the best I heard yet.
I love this CD! My bellydance instructer says it is the best out there, and I defanitly believe her!! I love all the music on this CD- it makes me want to get up and dance...which I usually do!
I never heard such an amazing compilation before! This CD is definitely a winner. I highly recommend it to anyone trying to listen to more Middle-Eastern music, because this album is for pure listening pleasure, and of course to dance to. I can't say enough about this album, I definitely recommend it to all, you have to get this album.
To al World music listeners, you will love this album.