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Bellydance Superstars

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Raks Africa
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Ah Ya Leil
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El Salam
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Warda
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Ice Queen
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Talakik
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Nebtidi Mnain El Hikaya
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Chicky
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Sahra Saidi
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Bitwannes Beek
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Il Alem Allah
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Zeina
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Msafer
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Esma Yalli
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Drum Solo
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Habib Ya Albi
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 72:16

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Wonderfull

dmoon

I had the great pleasure to see these dancers in Albany, NY, and they truly are Superstars! The music is both thrilling and enchanting, and when combined with the beauty and power of these artists, you know you have had an experience of a lifetime.

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Shimmies Galore

darkLightdancer

Yep, the dancers really are superstars. Some of the best American dancers grouped together from various styles and perform the most amazing shows. These albums are the picks from their shows and there is something for everyone in pace, style and sheer arabesque enjoyment.

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The first thing to do with this is ignore the title. Whether the belly dancers who picked these tracks are superstars or not is unknown — but they have good taste in Middle Eastern music. There are four cuts from the Mondo Melodia stable (by Oojami, with the band’s four-on-the-floor Turkish club mix, and three sha’bi selections from Hakim — all good songs), but the rest spreads its wings much wider. Of greatest interest are three wonderful tracks by the legendary Mohamed Abdul Wahab, whose compositions helped bring Egyptian classical music into modern times, utilizing such contemporary instruments as electric guitar — which features as a rhythm instrument on “Nebtidi Mnain El Hikaya.” The guitar is also a mainstay on Shereen’s “Ah Ya Leil,” with a wah-wah lick underpinning the song à la “Shaft.” With wonderful stuff from Warda, two excellent cuts by Dinletir (“Raks Africa” makes a powerful opening to the disc), and “Il Alem Allah” from Egyptian superstar Amr Diab, things move well. Two cuts of pure percussion make sure everything percolates, before the collection ends with the classic anthem “Habibi Ya Albi,” in a version by Ihab Tawfik. It might be designed for dancing, but it’s also a more than satisfying listening experience — hip swaying optional. – Chris Nickson

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