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Belly Dance!

Belly Dance!

Belly dance is a Western term for “solo, improvised dances based on torso articulation”. Thought to have origins in the Middle East, belly dance has spread to the Western World and is performed as a social or folk dance and as performance art.

This recording is a follow-up to “Belly Dancing for Everyone”, by the Ensemble Sharqi. In this recording percussionist Chris Kalogerson leads a musical octet playing stringed instruments (violin, oud, bouzoukee, double bass, and guitar), percussion (tabia, tymbano, deffl, derbecki, and dumbeg), accordion and clarinet through 14 Greek and Arabic melodies. Of note are the five vocals in this collection; four are sung in Arabic (tracks 103, 105, 201, and 204) and one in Greek (track 107).

Track Listing

101
Ma Alli We Ottelou Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:22
102
Sali Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 3:12
103
Diggi Diggi Ya Rababa Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:28
104
Tsifeteil El Greco Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:28
105
Shat Eskindria Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:44
106
Ti Lozani Ki Lozani Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 3:13
107
Katou Stou Valtou Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 4:01
201
Akher Ayam El Sayfia Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 3:38
202
Tsifeteil Tou Yianni Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:36
203
Awel Marra Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 3:41
204
Bint El Shalabia Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:24
205
Tha Para Dio Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:25
206
Kahraman Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 3:41
207
Velisaris Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:52

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