The concepts of femininity and celebration are intertwined with the history of bellydancing; for centuries these free-form, fluidly rhythmic dances have been used for ritual and helping a woman prepare their bodies for motherhood. Thanks to a spike in popularity for the dance form in the West, bellydance is thriving, and dancers like skilled Estonian instructor Amira are paving the way for new generations of woman to discover Middle Eastern dance. This compilation, featuring tracks by Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy from their albums IMMORTAL EGYPT, ETERNAL EGYPT and ENCHANTED EGYPT, was selected by Amira to provide an ideal atmosphere in which to practice bellydance. The music is heavily rhythmic (in the mid-tempo range), with Persian instrumentation, a touch of funky electronica in places and synth mood in the backdrop.
Phil Thornton: keyboards, vocoder, e-bow, electric guitars, didgeridoo, percussion
Hossam Ramzy: Egyptian & world percussion, drums
With belly dancing fast becoming a popular form of dance and self-expression, the art?s leading teacher and practitioner Amira has carefully selected tracks from world-renowned stars of Egyptian music Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy. Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy fuse modern and traditional Eastern instrumentation into musical scores that define the mood, tempo, and culture of this distinctive genre. From light, floating melodies to exuberant, earthy percussion, these masterful arrangements set the tone for both solo practice and group performance. Features tracks from the best-selling albums Immortal Egypt, Enchanted Egypt, and Eternal Egypt.
At the Gates of the Citadel
Last Words by the Temple
On the Desert Road To Alexandria
Praying for Rain
Apostles of the Interface
Enchanted Egypt 2
Through the Ankh
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