Music Appreciation

What is that instrument that I hear? The Mizmar

The Mizmar is a traditional Middle Eastern instrument found in Egypt, the Levant, Turkey and North Africa known for its unique sound. It is also known by a few other names with slight variation in style and materials, the “zurna” in Turkish, the “zamr” in the Levant, and “rhaita” in Morocco.  

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Songs Every Bally Dancer Should Know

Listen to over 130 samples of essential belly dance music! To enjoy the full song FREE, install the Spotify app on your device or computer. Click here to go directly to the playlist in Spotify Tips To Find Exactly What You Are Looking For Song Title Spellings Most of these song titles are transliterated from another language like Arabic, Turkish, or Greek. When you are searching for music try spelling it in different ways that sound similar. For instance, the…

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Music Appreciation: Egyptian Instruments

When you first start learning Egyptian Oriental dance and begin to piece together a belly dance music collection, you are bombarded (understandably) by sounds that you’ve never heard, by instruments you don’t know, with lyrics you can’t understand.¬†Learning about Arabic music, in this case Egyptian, can feel like an uphill battle and if it weren’t for the “call of the drums” many of us would give up on getting familiar with it all together. However, with a little immersion, you…

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