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MP3 Belaharr - Belly Up!

World beat drums and music, by drummers and dancers, for drummers and dancers; middle eastern meets gypsy meets America.

8 MP3 Songs in this album (34:47) !
Related styles: WORLD: Belly Dancing, WORLD: Middle East Contemporary

Many bellydancers bought our first CD, Worlds, and asked, When will you do a CD just for bellydancers? I am a dancer first, and a drummer second, so when the chance came to make a CD of Middle Eastern rhythms, I jumped into it with dancers in mind.

We used several common rhythms recognized in the dance scene today, but I also wanted to sprinkle in some more unusual pieces. The 10/8 time signature used in The Fingers of Your Hand is one of my all-time favorites, one I rarely hear used in performances. The musicians we brought in added a whole new depth to our drum sound, adding authenticity, or familiarity, as dictated by the piece. One Shining Moment, especially, was one of those magical accidents in the studio, not something we planned, but now have come to love.

I truly hope these songs will inspire dancers to use them in performance, as this music has inspired me to explore new levels of structure as well as the organic flow of creation. - Sonya Taft, Belaharr

Peace and Shimmies

Sonya Taft
Austin, Tx

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