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PHOTO CREDIT: Above photo by John Rickman Photography, San Jose, California.

Reviews of Music Recordings


These music reviews focus on the music's suitability for use by dancers. Of course, this music can also be enjoyed just for listening, but the reviews are based on how well each album meets a dancer's needs.

Songs in each category are alphabetized by the name of the band.



Music From the Middle East

These albums contain music that originated in the Middle East - either traditional folk songs, taqasim (improvisations) by Middle Eastern musicians, or pieces composed in the region by Middle Eastern artists.

Photo of Shira from September 2008



Original Music in Middle Eastern Style

These albums consist primarily of original compositions by Western musicians in the Middle Eastern musical style with instruments representative of those from the region.


Fusion & Alternative Music



Specialty Music




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