DIARY OF A BLACK BELLYDANCER VOL. 1

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track listing and artist details

1. Nights Over Egypt - The Jones Girls

The Jones Girls were an American R&B vocal trio of sisters from Detroit, Michigan, United States. Consisting of Brenda, Shirley and Valorie Jones, The Jones Girls first signed and recorded for GM Records in 1970. The trio were best known for their singles during the late–1970s through the 1980s; most notably 1979's "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else". "Nights Over Egypt" (1981), written by Dexter Wansel, charted at R&B #23 in 1982.
source: wikipedia

2. Mabruk - Ali Hassan Kuban

Referred to as "The Soul of Black Egypt" and "The Godfather of Nubian Soul", Ali Hassan Kuban (1929 – 2001) got his start as a popular traditional wedding musician in Cairo. Fusing his Nubian roots with Western instruments in the 1950s, Kuban created crossover hits which made him a household name in Egypt and lead a new generation of musicians fusing their specific cultures with popular music sensibilities, helping form the foundation of the genre now known as “world music”

3. amel eah "what can i do"

from the album The Music of Nubia

from Amazon: "Recorded in the Nubian Regions of southern Egypt, "The Music of Nubia" presents indigenous musicians and singers, introducing to us the rich diversity within the traditional and popular music of these peoples of the Nile."

4. al leila ya samra - mohamed mounir ft. the wailers

Mohamed Mounir (born in Aswan in 1954) is extremely popular, not only in the Arab world, but also far beyond. His pop-oriented style has its roots in various Egyptian and African music. Also his music is inspired by reggae and jazz. His lyrics are often social and political. In this recording, Coca Cola Studio pairs Mohamed Mounir with The Wailers, who along with Bob Marley defined Reggae Music. They come together to create a fusion where Egyptian music meets Reggae music

5. bellydancer - kardinal offishall

Born in Canada and raised by Jamaican parents, Kardinal Offishall is known for his distinctive reggae/dancehall approach to hip hop music. Now considered a "rare" track, this 2006 shimmy shaker showcases Canada's "hip hop ambassador", Kardinal Offishall on a Middle East inspired Neptunes' beat.

6. nuba drums - alsarah & the nubatones

Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA, finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn, NY where she has been residing since 2004. She is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop music. Working on various projects, she has toured both nationally and internationally. With her main outfit, Alsarah & the Nubatones, she has released 2 full-length albums titled Silt , followed by Manara (Wonderwheel Recordings, 2014 and 2016).

7. cler achel - tinariwen

Formed in 1979, Tinariwen is a group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali - a collective of singers, songwriters, and musicians who come together in different combinations to play concerts and to record. This flexibility is a by-product of the nomadic lifestyle of the Tuareg people and the difficulties of transportation and communication in the Sahara region. In fact, the group has never brought exactly the same line-up on its international tours. The Tinariwen sound is primarily guitar-driven in the style known as assouf among the Tuareg people. Their popularity rose internationally with the release of the critically acclaimed Aman Iman (Water is Life) in 2007, the album from which this song comes.

8. ah ya lalaly - wust el balad

Wust El-Balad is an Egyptian Soft rock band, founded in Cairo in 1999. The band released four albums, the self-titled Wust El-Balad in 2007, Rubabekya in 2011, "Karakib" in 2014, and "Bantalony El Jeans" in 2018. (source: Wikipedia)

9. two worlds, one heart - gustavo santaolalla

This song was composed and produced by Gustavo Santaolalla for the original score of the film Babel released in 2006.

10. anesigu - hamza el din

Hamza El Din (July 10, 1929 – May 22, 2006) was an Egyptian composer, oud player, tar player, and vocalist. El Din was born in southern Egypt and studied the music of his native region Nubia, near the Sudanese border. A celebrated Nubian musician, his rich fusion of Arabic and Nubian sounds entranced audiences worldwide and inspired colleagues like the Grateful Dead and Kronos Quartet.

11. rennat - alsarah & the nubatones

Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA, finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn, NY where she has been residing since 2004. She is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop music. Working on various projects, she has toured both nationally and internationally. With her main outfit, Alsarah & the Nubatones, she has released 2 full-length albums titled Silt , followed by Manara (Wonderwheel Recordings, 2014 and 2016).

12. nar - gawaher

Gawaher is a Sudanese singer and songwriter, who has been based in Cairo since 1995. Born in Port Sudan, she started developing a deep interest in music early on. However, due to the poor situation of the Sudanese music scene, she realised that she couldn't start a music career in her home country, so she moved to Egypt, where the local music scene was booming with many popular singers and important music labels. During the first years in Egypt, she performed in a hotel Aswan as a singer and bellydancer for tourists. She is recognised for mixing Nubian and Shaabi music with sub-Saharan tunes. (source: Wikipedia)

13. mantissa - marina satti

Marina Satti was born in Athens, Greece to a Sudanese father and Cretan mother. She was raised in Heraklion, Crete in a culturally diverse environment that had a significant impact on her musical development, as well as on the multicultural nature of her artistic career. Her May 2017 release, "Mantissa", was composed and arranged by Satti herself, subsequently reaching the top of the Greek and Bulgarian charts in less than one week. In 2016, Marina Satti founded fonés, a female a cappella group performing traditional polyphonic songs from all over the world.
source: wikipedia

14. interlude - a girl's prayer part i

from the album The Music of Nubia

from Amazon: "Recorded in the Nubian Regions of southern Egypt, "The Music of Nubia" presents indigenous musicians and singers, introducing to us the rich diversity within the traditional and popular music of these peoples of the Nile."

15. suhuba ya dai - bi kidude

Fatuma binti Baraka (c.1910s – 17 April 2013),[1][2] also known as Bi Kidude, was a Zanzibari-born Tanzanian Taarab singer. She has been called the "queen of Taarab and Unyago music" and was inspired by Siti binti Saad.[3] Born in the village of Mfagimaringo, Bi Kidude was the daughter of a coconut seller in colonial Zanzibar. Bi Kidude's exact date of birth is unknown and much of her life story is uncorroborated, but she was believed to be the oldest touring singer in the world before her death. In 2005, Bi Kidude received the WOMEX award for her contribution to music and culture in Zanzibar. She was the subject of two documentaries by film maker Andrew Jones. (source: Wikipedia

16. salam aleikum - grande orchestre taraab de zanzibar ft. makame faki

Culture Musical Club - Grande Orchestre Taraab de Zanzibar - began life as part of the youth organization of the Afro Shirazi Party during Zanzibar's struggle for independence back in 1958. Today, Culture Musical Club is not only the largest, but also one of the most prolific and successful orchestras of Zanzibar as they present taarab music, Swahili style, at its best. They perform new compositions on a regular basis and have developed a distinct and uniquely Swahili style.For the past 15 years the orchestra has toured internationally with outstanding success and has won over audiences all over Europe, Japan and North America. (source: Jahazi Media)

17. amira - ali hassan kuban

Referred to as "The Soul of Black Egypt" and "The Godfather of Nubian Soul", Ali Hassan Kuban (1929 – 2001) got his start as a popular traditional wedding musician in Cairo. Fusing his Nubian roots with Western instruments in the 1950s, Kuban created crossover hits which made him a household name in Egypt and lead a new generation of musicians fusing their specific cultures with popular music sensibilities, helping form the foundation of the genre now known as “world music”

18. wazo dayzeel - caribbean jazz project

Grammy award-winning group, Caribbean Jazz Project was founded in 1993, with the original group featuring Dave Samuels, Paquito D'Rivera, and Andy Narell. The group's repertoire is described as a mix of Latin jazz, world fusion and Caribbean music with instrumentation ranging from violin and organ to marimba and steel pan. This tranquilly groovy track is included on the band's 2006 release, Mosaic.

19. fe balad el ay haga - black theama

Nominated for a World Music Award in 2016, Black Theama is an Egyptian band whose musical genre covers a wide range of styles from Nubian rhythms, reggae, hip-hop, and R&B, to music with other African influences. Founded in 2004, the band strives to "celebrate the black experience in Egypt" through their music. This song was released in 2019, and can be found along with much more of their music on Soundcloud.

source: wikipedia

20. ma ba'ref - bu kolthoum

“Bu Kulthoum” is the monicker of Syrian MC and producer, Mouneer, derived from combining the names of world-renowned Egyptian singer Um Kulthoum and legendary fighter poet, Amr Bin Kolthoum. Intensely passionate lyrics combine with fierce beats in Bu Kulthoum’s songs which come straight from “the bottom of his heart, mind, and soul.”

His other projects include the Hip Hop group "LaTlateh." (source: mideasttunes.com

21. interlude - a girl's prayer part ii

from the album The Music of Nubia

from Amazon: "Recorded in the Nubian Regions of southern Egypt, "The Music of Nubia" presents indigenous musicians and singers, introducing to us the rich diversity within the traditional and popular music of these peoples of the Nile."

22. closer - goapele

Goapele is known for her presence in community affairs and human rights - a value that is palpable in her music. She has performed at rallies, demonstrations, and various political events around the world from Cuba to South Africa. Released in 2002 on the album Even Closer, this song is a shining example of Goapele's inspiring text and soul-touching vocals.
source: wikipedia

23. outro - genay dahab "golden coins"

from the album The Music of Nubia

from Amazon: "Recorded in the Nubian Regions of southern Egypt, "The Music of Nubia" presents indigenous musicians and singers, introducing to us the rich diversity within the traditional and popular music of these peoples of the Nile."

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