Modern Bellydance From Lebanon: Sunset Princess

Modern Bellydance From Lebanon: Sunset Princess

by Emad Sayyah
     
 

There is a booming industry in belly dancing music. Much of it is of questionable authenticity, but it can still be fun. The industry is not supported by men eager to watch belly dancing, but rather by women who practice belly dancing for its spiritual and physical benefits. Lebanon's Emad Sayyah is a one-man belly dance music factory. On this disc, which is at least… See more details below

Overview

There is a booming industry in belly dancing music. Much of it is of questionable authenticity, but it can still be fun. The industry is not supported by men eager to watch belly dancing, but rather by women who practice belly dancing for its spiritual and physical benefits. Lebanon's Emad Sayyah is a one-man belly dance music factory. On this disc, which is at least his fifth from ARC, he writes and arranges all the music, plays all the instruments except percussion, and sings. Although the percussion, ably served up by Abdo Manssour, is played on traditional instruments and uses mostly traditional rhythms, the music and other instruments can best be described as ersatz. This quality is most apparent on "Jibaal Wa Widyaan (Mountains and Valleys)," which sounds like music you'd hear on the calliope at the circus. Sayyah makes use of Western instruments like the saxophone, violin, and (gasp!) synthesizer. He avoids the quarter-tone scales typical of Middle-Eastern music. Also, he often uses melodic structures more typical of Western music; actually, what he usually presents is a Western-friendly stereotype of Arabic music, something like what you'd expect to hear in a cartoon of Bugs Bunny visiting the Casbah. But it's pointless to criticize musicians like Sayyah: What people want from him is a good rhythms and a Middle-Eastern "feel," and these he provides.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037152822
catalogNumber:
1528
Rank:
184511

Tracks

  1. Raksat Al Ghazaala (Dance of the Gazelle/Tanz der ...)  - Emad Sayyah
  2. Ya Leyli (Oh, My Night/Oh, meine Nacht/Oh, mi Noche!)  - Emad Sayyah
  3. Rimaal Wa Jimaal (Sand and Camels/Sand und Kamele/Arena)  - Emad Sayyah
  4. Leh Leh Leh (Why oh Why/Warum, warum, warum/Por que, oh, por que!)  - Emad Sayyah
  5. Rakkesni Ya Habibi (Let Me Dance, My Darling/Laß mich ta  - Emad Sayyah
  6. Lah (No/Nein/No)  - Emad Sayyah
  7. Jibaal Wa Widyaan (Mountains and Valleys/Berge und Täler  - Emad Sayyah
  8. Hilwi Hal Hayaat (Life Is Beautiful/Schön ist das Leben/  - Emad Sayyah
  9. Yislamlil Amar (May the Beautiful One Be Happy/Moge Es Ihr ...)  - Emad Sayyah
  10. Soukkar Daayeb (Molten Sugar/Geschmolzener Zucker/Azucar  - Emad Sayyah
  11. Yasmin  - Emad Sayyah
  12. Ya Salaam  - Emad Sayyah

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emad Sayyah   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Violin,Accordion,Keyboards,Oboe,Saxophone,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Darbouka,Kanoon,Nay,Riqq,Santoor

Technical Credits

Emad Sayyah   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Dave Silva   Cover Photo
Diz Heller   Liner Notes,translation
Jesse Reuben Wilson   Cover Design

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