Essential cabaret music for the tribal fusion dancer.
Disclaimer: This post is far from complete and I’m looking to all of you, dear readers, to add to this list.
OK, tribal and fusion dancers. I know we generally don’t dance to classic Middle Eastern music, but we should know these recordings and know them well. We should also be able to dance to them, should the opportunity arise. If you haven’t yet invested in a few good oriental music recordings, now is better than later. It’s a part of your education as a bellydancer. In my opinion, if you’ve been dancing for over a year there are no excuses for not knowing most of these songs. There’s also a reason these songs are essential: They’re damn good.
The songs with links to translations if available. Hardly a complete list:
- Alf Layla Wa Layla (A Thousand and One Nights)
- Habibi Ya Ayni (My Sweetheart, My Eye)
- Enta Omri (You Are My Life) Sometimes transliterated as “Inta Omri”.
- Lama Bada Yata Sana (When She Begins to Sway)
- Laylat Hob (Love Night)
- Lissa Fakir (Do You Remember?)
- Mastika – Turkish Karsilama
- Rompi Rompi – Turkish Karsilama
- Salam Alay (She Greeted Me)
- Sawwa (Vagabond)
- Set al Hosen
- Tamer Henna (Henna Flower)
- Zay al Hawa (Like the Wind)
- Zayna (Zaina, or Zeina)
Where do I find this music?
- Bellydance Superstars Volume 1
- Suhaila’s Surpreme Selections
- Jalilah’s Raks Sharki Volume 1.
- Jalilah’s Raks Sharki Volume 3.
- Jalilah’s Raks Sharki Volume 5. I love this recording.
- Masters of Bellydance Music Volume 1 and Volume 2
Please, dear fusion dancers, give these songs and these recordings a chance. Not knowing these songs and not respecting them is like disowning yourself from your family. And, who knows… you might find yourself loving some of these songs.