1001 Likes – September 2014

Lynette Harper alphabetizes more eccentric likes.  Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, September 2014.

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Turkish music for dancers

Turkish music for dancers

Gypsies of Turkey with Ahmet Kusgoz Ve Arkadaslari Karsilema until you drop! This album is chock full of 9/8 rhythms played at different tempos (mostly fast), alternating with ciftitelli and other regional instrumentals. I regularly recommend this energetic and passionate album for dancers who want “real Turkish Rom” music, as it is readily available from… Read more…

Arab music for dancers

Arab music for dancers

Egyptian music appreciation and practice for bellydancers by George Dimitri Sawa A must-have for dancers, teachers, and students who wish to develop their understanding of Egyptian music!   The quality of the package is awesome – exceeding my already high expectations of  creator George Sawa, an Egyptian born historian, musicologist, qanun virtuoso, a true master… Read more…

Arab & Turkish music for listeners

Arab & Turkish music for listeners

Minor Empire – Second Nature Great music for listening and dancing – this new album of  Turkish / world music  is made in Toronto!  I couldn’t stop dancing during the Minor Empire set at the Islands Folk Festival last summer, where the whole crowd was mesmerized by Ozgu’s truly enchanging vocals.  Guitarist/composer Ozan describes their style… Read more…