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Belly Dancing for Everyone

Belly Dancing for Everyone

Belly dance—a Western term for “solo, improvised dances based on torso articulation”—is performed in the Middle East as a social or folk dance and as performance art. This recording, subtitled “Basic Rhythms for Beginners to Advanced,” is a collection of ten instrumental melodies originating in Greece, North Africa, and the Middle East. Performed by the Ensemble Sharqi under the direction of percussionist Chris Kalogerson, the music provides a range of rhythms from the slow to medium Tsifte–Telli to the upbeat rhythms of Debka and Karsilama. The oud (an 11–stringed instrument) and bouzoukee (a metal–stringed instrument), coupled with violin, clarinet, and flute, give this recording its distinctive Middle Eastern sound.

Track Listing

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Raksat Ala Al Oud (Dance to the Oud Sound) Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 4:22
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Rampi-Rampi Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 4:05
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Shish-Kabob Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:47
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Monaagah Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 3:49
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Haso-Eliniko Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 3:15
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Banat Iskandaria Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:53
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Raksat Al Souk Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 4:18
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Maharayias Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 4:44
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Baklava Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 3:49
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Opa Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 3:45
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Raksat Al Neal Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 3:15
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Mustafa Chris Kalogerson Ensemble 2:49
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