Th!nk Global Releases Bellydance Compilation

Danced all over the world, bellydance is linked to some of the richest folk, pop
classical music traditions of the Middle East.

Think Global: Bellydance
(RGNET1161CD) presents
some of the best contemporary bellydance musicians and singers to have set the
world on fire.

is a round up of the musical styles that have developed in
tandem with
the traditional Raqs Sharki (or Bellydance) dance of Arabic North Africa. The
brings together music from Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and beyond. The tracks
have been
also been sequenced to suit a bellydance performance.

Notable inclusions on the CD include Hossam Ramzy, who has collaborated with the
likes of
Page & Plant, Joan Armatrading and Peter Gabriel (on the

album which
formed the
soundtrack to Martin Scorcese’s

The Last Temptation of Christ
); The Cairo
Orchestra, one of
Egypt’s most famous bands and the house band of the Al-Ahram nightclub in Cairo;
Hagopian & Omar Faruk Tekbilek‘s ‘Gypsy Fire’ project, an attempt to recreate
the musical
melting pot of New York’s 8th Avenue in the 1930s; Omar Faruk Tekbilek, who has
with Don Cherry, Youssou N’Dour and Trilok Gurtu; and a legend amongst Egypt’s
musicians, Dr Sami Nossair, the head of Cairo’s Music Conservatory.

has been produced in collaboration with Oxfam, an independent
organization and
registered charity. They work at all levels from global to local, including
governments, global institutions as well as with local communities and
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Author: World Music Central News Department

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