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  • Al Mashriq - The Levant - Lebanon & The Middle East. Extensive information about Lebanese culture, including Middle Eastern music.
  • Arab Music (From Music In Our World). Article written by Ali Jihad Racy and Jack Logan about Arabic music. Major influences that have touched Arabic music over the course of history such as contact with assimilated cultures, contact with Medieval Europe, etc. Structure of modern-day Arabic music, including a discussion about maqam and iqa.
  • Jas's Dumbek Rhythms. Teaches the various rhythms used in Middle Eastern music! Includes diagrams illustrating how to play each rhythm, and sound files that illustrate what it sounds like!
  • Farid El Atrache Web Site. Extensive information about this well-known actor, singer, and composer. His popular movies in the 1940's did much to legitimize Oriental dance as an accepted art form in the Arab world, each of them featuring a beautiful dance scene by Samia Gamal or another talented dancer.
  • Mohammed El Bakkar. In the 1950's and 1960's, records by this artist were widely distributed and enjoyed among American belly dancers. Biographical information and a bit of fun in the Sightings section.
  • A Man From Egypt. MIDI files of about 10 songs. Warning: this page automatically loads with a MIDI that you can't turn off.



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