Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Bellydance Superstars 4
Genres: World Music, Pop
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Enta Omri remix?!
N. Beckerman | Seattle, WA USA | 02/18/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Where have all the beautiful classical songs gone? This is seems to be representative of the over all dismissal of the original classical music--even going so far as to make Enta Omri a techno song! That appalled me, I have to say, as well as seeing Zaina get the same treatment (which now starts with a zombie-like drum line?). That song was originally part of a longer piece by Mohammed Abdul Wahab and should be labled as a remix so as to avoid confusion. Now I don't even know it except for the understated melody that is lingering there somewhere for the last half of the song.
The only track so far that has a real orchestral feel is track 5, while the old original orchestral pieces have been twisted around into these horrible techno mixes. The Enta Omri remix's opening even goes so far as to incorporate that horrible cliche techno beat that even people who like techno and electronica hate. Even as someone who enjoys techno and electronica I was simply horrified. How can they do this to the angel of Egypt? If you don't know what I mean by that and you're a belly dancer, you need to do some music history research on the classic music belly dance started out with. It shouldn't take modern, vamped up remixes for dancers to know and respect their history.
All that said, there are parts of this CD I did enjoy, all of the tracks are dancable and if I didn't know the history I'd think it was a great album. The modern tracks are all great, and it's interesting to see the change between volume four and one--we're seeing the evolution of modern belly dance music before our eyes. Turbo Tabla 4 was an improvement over 3 (which I felt was too repetitive), and was an example of good old/new sound blending as an example. I also think this CD has a better balance of medium and fast music, but I wish we could see a little more slow stuff since it's so hard to find on compilations.
All in all, this CD is okay, but it also shows us as a dance community how we need to get back to the roots of belly dance music as a balance to all the modernization of old pieces that is going on. Dancers who begin now won't even know who Oum Kalthoum is, and they'll think all this techno is the entirety of dance music."
Sandra E. Schreiber | Houston, TX USA | 03/19/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was somewhat disappointed that a heavy bass beat - not beledy - has been added to many of the songs, so the rock-n-roll/hip hop aspect was a bit much."
The best one yet!
ShimmyBaby | New York | 11/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The BDSS CD's just keep getting better. Not only are there simple melodies for the beginner on top of subtle complex beats for the advanced dancer, but the music as a whole is great for listening. Just can't sit still for this one."