Belly Dance Music
Fusion belly dance CDs
This page lists some fusion belly dance CDs which incorporate, in addition to a strong Arabic influence, influences from different cultures.
Halim by Natacha Atlas
Natacha Atlas is a singer and musician born in Belgium, with Egyptian and English roots. She experiments with a fusion of different styles, from Western, Middle Eastern and Eastern traditions. In this CD there is a fusion of Arabic sounds with a hint of western techno (but not overwhelming) and various Western sounds including, in one song, a bit of tango. Lyrics are in Arabic and sung beautifully by Natacha. Halim is a very interesting CD, which I recommend.
Eternal Egypt by Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy
(Original release date 1st September 1996). This CD blends together traditional Egyptian rhythms such as zaar, masmoudi and fellahin with electronic instrumentation. The tracks are trance like and repetitive and very slow, which makes them very good for warming up, cooling down or for sword performances. More on Hossam Ramzy.
Flamenco Arabe by Hossam Ramzy and Rafa El Tachuela
On this CD the Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy cooperates with the flamenco musician Rafa El Tachuela. The result is a fusion of Andalusian and Egyptian spirits where the Spanish guitar blends with Arabic instruments, such as tabla and nay. Perfect for Zambra mora performances.
Diaspora by Natacha Atlas
According to many this is one of the best CDs by Natacha Atlas, a perfect blend of Arabic and Western sounds, where electronic music meets traditional instruments.
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