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    Big Grin Building your bellydance music library!

    This sticky is for posting recommendations for music to add to your bellydance library, and since I'm still fairly new to bellydance, any recommendations you have are more than welcome. Here are some categories we can start off with (we can add categories as necessary, as well as CD recommendations):

    Beginner basics

    Egyptian/Arabic (including all subcategories)

    Turkish

    ATS/ITS

    American Oriental (if I get any of these categories wrong, please feel free to correct me)
    I'm also including the following category, since we have several dancers here who practice styles that aren't traditional bellydance:

    Tribal fusion (including Goth, steampunk, etc.)

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    I have a couple of recommendations for basic beginner CD's:

    http://www.amazon.com/Nourhan-Sharif-Rhythms-Eitneen-Lebanon/dp/B00078X1O2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1297052345&sr=1-2

    Here is another good one for the beginner bellydancer:

    Amazon.com: 10 Songs Every Bellydancer Should Know: Various Artists: MP3 Downloads---this one includes familiar ones such as "Habibi Ya Eyni," "Alf Leyla," "Shik Shak Shok," "Aziza," and "Enta Omri."

    and here's one my previous bellydance teacher used/uses:

    Amazon.com: Bellydancing for Fortune & Fame: The Mogador Band: Music

    I have this one in the Turkish category:

    Huseyin & Gunay Turkmenler - Turkish Bellydance CD Album

    For ATS, I love anything by Solace; here's a good example:

    Solace Ahsas Belly Dance Music CD - At DancingRahana.com

    For Tribal fusion and it's variations, I'm fond of Maduro, Pentaphobe, and Beats Antique:

    Maduro - Shimmer Sustain CD Album

    Pentaphobe - Tribal Metamorphosis CD Album

    Beats Antique - Tribal Derivations CD Album

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    I like the bellylicious series, very good music mix. Anything by "solace". I'm going to look through my collection and see all the ones I've got, and I'll post more but check out those two.

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    All of Jalilah's series !

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    Wow, Gisela, you are awesomesauce! Thank you so much for taking the time to dig up all those threads! *big hugs!*

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    In my short time of acquiring belly dance music, I've got some hits and some misses. My latest favourite is this Cafe Belly Dance 3 disk set. This is a great way for a noob like me to just straight up bulk up their library because it's affordable but not cheap in quality- very modern instrumentation, good variety in rhythms, etc.

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    My favorite "Beginner basics" set I picked up when I was first starting was the "Beginner's Guide to Bellydance". I think it's an import from the UK? When I put all my music on random just to see what pops out to me 80% of the time the song I stop on is from one of these three disks.

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    Funny how many of those "beginner's guide to" or "rough guide to" there are. I started out with one as well. I still like it although the lounge and pop cd's are getting a bit outdated:
    Beginner's Guide to Arabia: Various Artists: Amazon.co.uk: Music


    Quote Originally Posted by Farasha Hanem View Post
    Wow, Gisela, you are awesomesauce! Thank you so much for taking the time to dig up all those threads! *big hugs!*
    No problem, I was inspired by Daimona's post about dvds. Thanks for starting the thread.
    Last edited by gisela; 02-09-2011 at 09:27 AM.

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    Welcome to Bellydance Downloads!


    This site has recommended songs and CDs from a variety of teachers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gisela View Post
    Funny how many of those "beginner's guide to" or "rough guide to" there are. I started out with one as well. I still like it although the lounge and pop cd's are getting a bit outdated:
    Beginner's Guide to Arabia: Various Artists: Amazon.co.uk: Music


    It looks like they are both from a huge line of "Beginners Guide to" sets of 3CD's.
    Beginners Guide to Bellydance
    Beginner's Guide to Arabia
    Beginner's Guide to Arabian Lounge
    Beginner's Guide to Turkey
    Beginner's Guide to Greece


    You name it they have it; Blues, Tango, Celtic, Eastern European, Bhangra, everything.
    Nascente has impressed me with the quality of the mixes they've created.
    (They're available on Amazon.com as well.)
    Last edited by Ariadne; 02-09-2011 at 06:24 PM.

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