like old times’ awalim! Weldone!
Note: The video has been contributed by Mahin & her Bellydance Quickies!
A sister dancer asked for hints concerning greek music for bellydance in Bellydancers’ Music Discussion Group at Facebook, to send to a friend of hers who has a metal/goth brackground. I enjoyed the challenge to pick up music for such taste and here it is! My list with contemporary greek bellydanceable music that I hope metal/goth lovers might appreciate:
Note: greek here is meant to mean “made by people who live and create in Greece, taking into account the local musical environment and tradition, which obviously includes many other traditions of the Mediterranean and beyond”.
Karagumruk, by Stelios Petrakis
Ishtar, by Ross Daly
Thelo na se do [I want to see you], by Dimitris Papadimitriou, singing Eleftheria Arvanitaki
There is also an instrumental version of this song.
To ohi/The “no”, by Nikos Xydakis, singing Eleftheria Arvanitaki
Sabah aman, by Thesia Panayotou, singing Sotiria Leonardou
Ah na perasei o pyretos/Ah if only the fever went away, by Stamos Stemsis, singing Melina Kana
this is the original clip with some hints on community dancing, the sound quality is not that good here though (seems like copied from TV)
O stylitis/The post monk, by Thanassis Papakonstantinou, singing T.Papakonstantinou & Melina Kana
To farmaki/The poison, by Nikos Xydakis, singing Sokratis Malamas
From the same album,
Stu Durambey/At Durambey’s [taverna], by Nikos Xydakis, singing Sokratis Malamas & Nikos Xydakis
This is a dark but funny song, narrating the love and despair of two poor friends (fishes who are eaten by poor people) who love a rich girl (a fish eaten by rich people) and go to the taverna and the taverna owner wishes them courage [for they will never meet in the same plate].
Deserted bodies/Erima kormia, by Thanassis Papakonstantinou, singing Melina Kana
Mandragoras/Mandrake, by Nikos Papazoglu
O magkas kai i xotikia/The hotshot guy and the elf woman, by Yorgos Mihail
Bournovalia, by Stavros Xarhakos, singing Sotiria Leonardou
this has been so popular that there are many versions, this is the original one. Many people mistake it for traditional, but it is not!
Tsifteteli, by Trypes (it is a political song and Trypes is a rock band and this is their only bellydance song- although there are no lyrics, the lyrics are the TV excerpts heard throughout the song)
Tou Kato Kosmu oi fylakes/The prisons of the underworld, by Thanassis Papakonstantinou, singing Sokratis Malamas
This is a short movie I found thanks to Mahin’s bellydance quickies, which presents the conflicts, social exclusion, dangers and violence a bellydancing drag queen can suffer from in Turkey (and other conservative countries, not only muslim, i can tell).