Lebanese Bellydance [15 Tracks]

Lebanese Bellydance [15 Tracks]

by Emad Sayyah
     
 

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This album of belly dancing music from Emad Sayyah satisfies all necessary aspects of belly dancing for the casual listener. The pieces are chosen such that they might show a variety of dance styles on the part of the dancer, though the visual aspect is rather moot given the audio nature of the album. The music itself is quite nice, though, while Sayyah runs through a… See more details below

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This album of belly dancing music from Emad Sayyah satisfies all necessary aspects of belly dancing for the casual listener. The pieces are chosen such that they might show a variety of dance styles on the part of the dancer, though the visual aspect is rather moot given the audio nature of the album. The music itself is quite nice, though, while Sayyah runs through a series of original compositions. He hits on some classic stylings that make heavy use of the percussionists and more traditional instruments (saz, qanun). He incorporates the violin to a good extent for the mix of traditional and contemporary, and he includes newer instrumentation, such as the guitar and sax, for the most original pieces (what you might hear in Lebanese clubs now). The tone of the music ranges from the more relaxed beginner pieces to rousing, thrusting vocal works, with the necessary call and response included, of course. A particular highlight is the virtuoso exploration of the darbukkas in "Taht El Balah." The drummers move to their fingertips for a shimmy-inducing run at speeds rivaling a good tabla player. Sayyah has a handful of similar albums out already, so this one may or may not provide much new to the listener who's already acquainted with his style. For a new listener, however, it makes a nice introduction to his particular breed of belly dancing music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2009
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037219129
catalogNumber:
2191
Rank:
145122

Tracks

  1. Amiritna Habibitna (Our Princess, Our Darling)  - Emad Sayyah
  2. Ahlaw Sahla (You Are Welcome)  - Emad Sayyah
  3. Haflitna Ma Btikhlas (Our Never-Ending Party)  - Emad Sayyah
  4. Fannik Saharna (Your Art Has Charmed Us)  - Emad Sayyah
  5. Taht el Balah (Beneath the Palm Trees)  - Emad Sayyah
  6. Ghali (Dear)  - Emad Sayyah
  7. Jimaal Am Tourkos (Dancing Camels)  - Emad Sayyah
  8. Ma Tistihi (Don't by Shy)  - Emad Sayyah
  9. Maria Oh Maria  - Emad Sayyah
  10. Shou Hal Khasr (What a Waist)  - Emad Sayyah
  11. Farha Wa Marha (Happiness and Pleasure)  - Emad Sayyah
  12. Amina  - Emad Sayyah
  13. Ahlaami Asraar (My Dreams Are Secret)  - Emad Sayyah
  14. Zaar Naar (The Fiery Zaar-Rhythm)  - Emad Sayyah
  15. Zakriina Bil Farah (Remind Us of the Pleasure)  - Emad Sayyah

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emad Sayyah   Primary Artist,Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Sandra   Dancer
Nihat Karslioglu   Saz
Antonia-Alexa Georgiew   Violin
Turgay Ucar   Percussion
Abdo Manssour   Percussion
Ghassan Habib   Violin
Bernhard Adlberger   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Ronny Heller   Guitar
Imed Ben Hassine   Violin,Oud,Qanoun

Technical Credits

Emad Sayyah   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Michael Baxter   Cover Photo
Diz Heller   Liner Notes,translation
Alex Stokes   Cover Design
Jeannine Blanpain   Liner Notes

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