A very alert reader asked what Belly Dance music I’d recommend. It’s a very personal choice and one dancer can rave about the most amazing song that another dancer will actually find plain annoying! It’s as varied as our choice in men. 🙂
In a show I like a variety that mixes traditional with more modern Arabic/Egyptian pop music to keep from letting your audience get bored of the whiny sound most very traditional songs have. Of course you should spice it up with drum solos of which I’ve never heard a bad one, just more challenging (with less predictable beats and changes) and more standard (which are just as fun to play with since you always know what’s coming next).
“Musicality is when the dancers’ movements appear to create the music –
and not the other way around.” —Kristy Nilsson
First off, here are some great sites where you can easily buy the music online from Amazon, thankfully most albums let you preview them so you can see which ones match your taste:
Individual songs I usually collect from fellow dancers so don’t always know the artist or name as we tend to retitle them ‘fire song’, ‘veil song’ etc.. to organize for shows but some artists and songs to look out for are:
Artists: Amr Diab an amazing Arabic male singer who has some beautiful songs with great beats. Hayat Transglobal Underground vs. Mercan Dede is great for heavy tribal styles Aynali Koruk Feryal Oney Dalida’s album Le Reve Oriental Sabah El’s album Khair DJ Fantastic Cafe’ Arabia
Songs: Leyli Ley Naguas Tabla Hay Hay (Turkish) To Narkotiko nou Henna Leik El Wawa
If you still need some more here’s a great list compiled from yahoo answers…
There is alot of good music available. I like Hakim, Tarkan, Mezdeke, and many others. I’ve managed to find some good sites for Middle Eastern music. Some have audio clips of the music tracks, so you have some idea what the music on the CD’s is like, and if it’s what you’re looking to find. You can check some of these links for CD’s.