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Music Theory, Styles, & Structure

PHOTO CREDIT: The musician in the foreground is Moussa Kenawi, playing a rebaba. The band are the Musicians of the Nile. Photo by Shira, taken in Egypt.

Moussa Kenawi



Song Translations

Using Song Translations

PHOTO CREDIT: These members of Musicians of the Nile are playing mizmars. Photo by Shira, taken in Egypt.

Translations for Songs

There are over 500 translations on this web site for songs from throughout the Middle East. Here's where to find them:




The Songs We Listen and Dance To

The Story Behind the Song

From the Arab World

From the Greeks

Other Song Information

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Kaylyn Hoskins, Solon, Iowa.

Lists of Recordings

These lists of made-for-belly-dance recordings feature various songs and instrumental solos: Looking for recordings of your favorite song to find one suitable for your upcoming show? These lists might help!

More Music Information




About the Musicians

ABOUT THE PHOTO: This photo shows a row of ouds being sold in a shop on Mohamed Ali Street in Cairo. Photo by Shira, taken in Egypt.




On Buying Music


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