Belly Dance!: The Best of George Abdo and His Flames of Araby Orchestra

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Known as "The King of Belly Dance Music," George Abdo and his Flames of Araby Orchestra combine Syrian, Lebanese, Egyptian, Armenian, Greek, and Turkish musical traditions to create a uniquely American belly dance soundscape. Abdo's music is based on the repertoire, instrumentation, and performance styles of the Middle East while also incorporating influences from American pop and jazz. A prototype for "World Beat," Abdo and His Flames of Araby helped bring Middle Eastern music and belly dancing to mainstream North American audiences. Culled from his 5 best-selling albums, this compilation showcases rich vocals and lively rhythms played on violin, oboe, 'ud, qanun, darbukka, and bouzoukee as well as guitar, piano, bass, and drums. Extensive notes, photos, 15 tracks, 75 minutes.

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Year Released 2002
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2002 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Genre(s) Islamica; World
Country(s) United States
Subject(s) World music
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101 Ya Gameel (Arabic Love Ballad) George Abdo 6:13
102 Ruh Tum bi Salama (Go in Peace) George Abdo 4:57
103 Ta Mavra Matia Sou (Your Black Eyes) George Abdo 5:06
104 Raks Araby (Arabic Dance) George Abdo 2:55
105 Hadouni, Hadouni George Abdo 3:48
106 Allah, ya Lubnan (God, My Beautiful Lebanon) George Abdo 4:19
107 Raks Averof (Dance at the Averof) George Abdo 3:29
108 Raks Mustapha (Mustapha's Dance: complete belly dance routine) George Abdo 11:42
109 Min Feegis (Don't Leave Me) George Abdo 4:23
110 Raks el Malek (Dance for the King) George Abdo 5:19
111 Sahirrnee (Bolero) (Bewitched) George Abdo 6:17
112 Noora ya Noora (Noora's Dance) George Abdo 5:20
113 O Paliatzis (The Junk Man) George Abdo 4:29
114 Dio Cardias (Two Hearts) George Abdo 2:42
115 Imm al Manadili (The Charm of Your Scarf) George Abdo 4:08
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