Hossam Ramzy
Source of Fire
Flamenco Arabe
Rohe: Classical Egyptian Dance

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Belly Dancing -- a.k.a. "Raks Sharki" or "danse orientale" -- is among the oldest continuing classical folk dances in the world, evolving from the fertility cults of ancient society. A product of the traditions of Eastern music, over time it spread from its beginnings in Asia and Africa into Western Europe and the Mediterranean, catching on in America after its introduction in Chicago at the dawn of the 20th century, where the name "belly dancing" was adapted from the French "dance du ventre" (dance of the stomach). Associated with both religious and erotic traditions, it is traditionally danced barefoot, and with its emphasis on abdominal muscles and movement of the chest and hips, is designed to be performed primarily by women. The music accompanying the dance is most influenced by the rhythms inherent in near- and middle-Eastern music, although contemporary belly dancers are increasingly open to the influences of Western music as well.

Belly Dancing Artists Highlights

Hossam Ramzy
Hossam Ramzy

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Belly Dancing Album Highlights

Source of Fire
Hossam Ramzy
Source of Fire
Flamenco Arabe
Rafa El Tachuela / Hossam ...
Flamenco Arabe
Rohe: Classical Egyptian Dance
Hossam Ramzy / Essam Rashad
Rohe: Classical Egyptian ...
Rhythms of the Nile
Hossam Ramzy
Rhythms of the Nile
Modern Belly Dance Music from Lebanon, Vol. 1
Emad Sayyah
Modern Belly Dance Music ...
Passion - Sources
Various Artists
Passion - Sources

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Belly Dancing Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Ro-He, Pts 1 - 4 Hossam Ramzy / Essam Rashad
Ha Hilwi Shi Ktir Emad Sayyah
Fallahi Hossam Ramzy
Shebl W'Talhinah (Shebl's Melody) Hossam Ramzy
Ah Ya Zein
Ana Fi Entizarak
Cigancia Mala Esma Redzhepova
One Thousand & One Nights (Alf Leyla We Layla) Said M'Rad

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