“Tribal Beats for the Urban Streets”
October 31, 2007
everyone! I just finished listening to Tribal Beats for
the Urban Streets, a collection of songs chosen
by the respected Tribal artists of the Belly Dance Super Stars
what tricks or treats are in store for us!
1) Beats Antique,
“Intertwine” – A very popular song used by Tribal troupes.
Melodic, pleasant and fresh; an ancient feel with a drumbeat
2) Omar Faruk Tekbilek,
“Shashkin (remix)” – Omar Faruk Tekbilek’s most famous
song, Shaskin, is often used by belly dancers in performance.
A DJ took the song and mixed it with down tempo rave beats
and noises. It is gritty, dark, and overworked. The essence,
light, and spirituality of the original song is lost.
“Pale Elegant Egyptian” – A looped, one minute, industrial
music mix with no Arabic influence whatsoever. Go to
a goth club and listen to this.
4) Corvus Corax,
“Najo Ratte” – A harsh, crass male screams at you at
the beginning of the song and then plays bagpipes. Goodbye
belly dancing, hello Irish step dancing at your local nightclub.
“Everybody” – Yo, Ho! Whaz up everybody? This is a hip
hop-electronica song. Anyone at a rave can dance to this
one; it isn’t exclusively for belly dancers. There is a repeating
whip sound for those into the S&M scene. Let’s repeat
ourselves for lack of lyrics: “Everybody, everybody, everybody…
“Right in the Eyeball” – Creepy goth music. Where’s my
black eyeliner and gloves?
7) Beats Antique,
“Discovered” – Silly backbeats and trumpet with an Arabic
drum solo looping in the background.
8) Man Man, “Engrish
Bwudd” – Even sillier and the strangest, most “out there”
song on this album. It sounds like a Broadway musical.
9) The Toids, “Kleftiyiannis” –
A fun, carnival-like rendition of a classic Arabic belly dance
song, ”Taht Elshibak” in accordian.
10) Ruben van Rompaey, “Sun
Dance” – Finally! I cannot believe it! An Arabic drum
solo. Easy on the ears.
11) Maduro, “Nineveh” – Dirty,
dark, alien space music with a drum beat. WoOoO!
12) The Upper Egypt Ensemble, “Ismaaouni” –
Clean, classic, Egyptian drum beats untouched by the hands
of a DJ.
13) Pentaphobe, “Kitten Pig” –
An old, grimy piano, echoes in my mind. It sounds like
Danny Elfman’s theme song for the movie Beetlejuice. Perfect
Beats for the Urban Streets, with its polished, dark,
Tribal-friendly cover, claims that this is a “must have for
belly dance enthusiasts” (and all Belly Dance Superstar
fans, of course!). The CD begins with dark, DJ-influenced
song- a good indication of what the listener is in store
for. The CD then becomes progressively more and more electronic
with hints and mixes of rave, industrial, and hip hop music.
had hardly any trace of Arabic music influence. Tribal
Beats for the Urban Streets contains pop club music
that is taking a risk when delving into the realm of
dance world. Will the electronic music on this
CD still be the trend in ten years or will it be old
news? We will
see where it goes in the hands of all dancers everywhere
now and for years to come.
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