Ruby

Ruby

by Ossama Al Hendy
     
 

ARC's master of Middle Eastern music, Hossam Ramzy, has explored throughout the realm of near-Oriental dance music over the years, touching on rai, Egyptian dance, belly dance proper, classical music, and more. Here, he attempts to fuse the grandeur of Egyptian popular dance music from the '70s and '80s with modern belly dance aesthetics in a mode specifically suited…  See more details below

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ARC's master of Middle Eastern music, Hossam Ramzy, has explored throughout the realm of near-Oriental dance music over the years, touching on rai, Egyptian dance, belly dance proper, classical music, and more. Here, he attempts to fuse the grandeur of Egyptian popular dance music from the '70s and '80s with modern belly dance aesthetics in a mode specifically suited for dancers to use as accompaniment. The result is a surprisingly rai-heavy album. While the modes don't all hail from rai proper (and rai itself hails from Algeria), the era of Egyptian music lying at the core was the first to make heavy use of synthesizers and larger string sections in a dramatic way. That drama -- along with the instrumentation -- leads to a particular genre sound. The occasional bandoneon riffs just serve to differentiate the music from the bulk of contemporary belly dance music. The album rolls, it bounces, it shimmies reliably. It may not be a huge departure from other collections by Ramzy (or indeed, his partner in crime, Egyptian mega-producer Ossama El Hendy), but that could serve as evidence that Ramzy is most definitely onto something with his compositions -- sheer danceability.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2009
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037224222
catalogNumber:
2242
Rank:
140927

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ossama Al Hendy   Primary Artist
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion,Egyptian Percussion
Adel Eskander   Violin
Morris Eskander   Violin
Osama El Hendy   Bass,Accordion,Keyboards
Emad Azmy   Violin
Mohammed Ali   Violin,Soloist
Jan Boushra   Cello
Mohammed Khalil   Qanoun
Alaa Ragai   Violin

Technical Credits

Hossam Ramzy   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Diz Heller   Liner Notes,translation
George Lambert   Mastering
Osama El Hendy   Programming
André Elbing   Cover Photo
Alex Stokes   Cover Design
Jeannine Blanpain   translation
Kia Abell   Photo Courtesy
Chris Litherland   Photo Courtesy
Hatem Moneer   Engineer
Eman Zaki   Costume Design

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