Now here's an interesting disc. Described on the back as "an urban-ethnic fusion of Arabesque grooves and melodies incorporating house, hip-hop and techno in a sensual Eastern cocktail" you will be forgiven for thinking it sounds like a heavily adulterated mess. Instead, the strongly acoustic sensibilities make it (for the most part -- "Naseeb" really is a mess) quite thrilling listening, grounded by the percussion. There's a little bit of traditional Egyptian and Arab-Andalusian material, but even the contemporary work is heavily influenced by what's gone before, updating the traditional styles rather than bringing in something very radically new. Some pieces, like "Imlal Ilaqdah," are a joy to hear, and "Multiple East," featuring the oud, or the closing rapid-fire percussion of "Banaat Turbo" are both immensely pleasurable. Although this is marketed as music for belly dancing, it stands up as music for listening. Although none of the players stand out as world-class virtuosos, together they create something bigger than all of them, which is no mean achievement.
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Performance CreditsTurbo Tabla Primary Artist
Richard Brown Bass
Levon Ichkhanian Guitar,Oud
Daniel Barnes Drums
Sophia Grigoriadis Choir, Chorus
Debashis Sinha Percussion
Rick Shadrach Lazar Percussion
Kareem Roustom Oud
Boujemaa Razgui Nay
Technical CreditsIbrahim Al-Aryan Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Belly and the Beat based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Turbo Tabla is one of the groups recommended by Bellydance Superstars. This album blends folkloric &classical Arabic music with modern pop, but that drumbeat is present throughout. Some tunes are a bit fast for beginner Oriental dancing (bellydance) but still enjoyable for fans of the genre.
I love this album "the first one too" but this one is a fascinating challenge for me. Karim knows his music and the originality of it also the background of all the dances he instructs. This is why some might find it easier to listen to his music instead of dancing to it, but whats learning something new that you love without a little challenge. My favorite track is Stonecutter because it gets me so motivated and towards the end I find myself dropping down on the floor and just lsitening to it with a big smile. For dancers "belly" whom have some experience with dance this might be your ideal album for a great show and for beginners it might be a great album to lsiten to, either way Mr. Nagi out did himself again..raqs on..AIWA HABIBI!