Jalilah’s Raks Sharki 6
In a Beirut Mood (Piranha CD-PIR788, 2003)
This is a recording of Lebanese-style raks sharki music, better known as Oriental dance or belly dance. The Arabic orchestra, which includes violins, ud, qanun, nay, accordion and percussion; is led by conductor and pianist Ihsan Al-Mounzer.
The music is instrumental, with a heavy emphasis on Arabic percussion instruments.Jalilah is one of the top belly dancers in the world. Born in the US of German and Mexican descent, she has lived and worked in various Arab countries, recording various raks sharki albums.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.