Yosifah Rose

The Gilded Serpent presents...

Yosifah Rose

of Martinez, California

Yosifah Rose Craver is a unique and highly talented professional musician and former dancer who performs qanun and sings with her classical Arabic band Al ‘Azifoon.  Yosifah’s lifelong passion has been music and language studies, and she has a deep love and appreciation for both Arabic and Western music.  She has studied both Arabic music and the Arabic language in the San Francisco Bay area and in Cairo, Egypt.  Additionally, she holds a Master’s degree and a teaching credential in Teaching English as a Second Language.  She considers herself a lifelong student and s committed to studying and sharing her love of the Arabic language, arts, dance and music to promote cross-cultural appreciation and world peace.  

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Yosifah Rose


  • The Oriental dancer (as an improvisational artist) performed in collaboration with live musicians, and the shared goal of both dancer and musicians was to create authentic shared emotional experiences (known as “tarab”) both for themselves and the audience.
  • I Love Lucy: Confessions of a Dancer
    Lucy does not believe that one can properly perform Oriental dance with a set choreography.
  • Loay Dahbour: Kuwaiti Drum Pro
    In addition to teaching us about drum solos, Loay also took some time to share with us his valuable insights as a musician after working for the past thirteen years with hundreds of San Francisco Bay Area Bellydancers.