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

Index to Middle Eastern Music
Articles, Reviews, & Translations


Table of Contents

  • Music Articles
    • Music Theory & Structure
    • The Songs We Listen & Dance To
    • On Buying Music
  • Song Lyrics
    • Translations of Songs from Arabic
    • Translations of Songs from Turkish
    • Translations of Songs from Armenian
    • Translations of Songs from Greek
    • Translations of Songs from Hebrew
    • Translations of Songs from French
    • Translations of Songs from German
    • Lyrics for English-Language Songs



Music Articles

Music Theory, Styles, & Structure

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Dr. George Sawa wears historical garb typical of Egyptian musicians in the past, holding his qanoun on his lap. He is the author of most of the tarab and music history articles on this web site.

Using Song Translations

George Sawa

The Songs We Listen and Dance To

The Story Behind the Song

From the Arab World
From the Greeks

About the Musicians

Here on This Web Site
From My Travel Blog at

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

Other Notes

On Buying Music

Musicians of the Nile



Lyrics Translations

Songs in Arabic

ABOUT THE PHOTO: The photo shows Tahseen Alkoudsi, who contributed many of the Arabic-language translations to this web site.

Tahseen Alkoudsi

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by André Elbing, Bärbroich, Germany, at one of Shira's performances in Egypt.


PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Michael Baxter, Santa Clara, California.


PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Pixie Vision Productions, Glendale, California.


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


Songs in Turkish

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

Songs in Farsi

Farsi is the language of Iran.

Songs in Armenian

  • Aman Aman (Yippee! Yippee!). Sung by Harry Saroyan.
  • Jemilleh (Jamila). Sung by John Bilezikjian.
  • Vartér (Roses). Sung by Harry Saroyan.

Songs in Greek

ABOUT THE PHOTO: The people in the photo are legendary Greek rebetiko singers Stelios Kazantzidis and Marinella.

Stelios Kazantzidis and Marinella

Songs in Hebrew

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

Songs in French

Songs in German

Songs in English

  • Little Egypt (Ying Yang). Sung first by The Coasters, later by Elvis Presley.
  • Misirlou. The English version from 1941. See the section for Greek lyrics above for the original Greek version from 1927.
  • Stop Stop Stop. Sung first by The Hollies, later by Boiled in Lead.



Music-Related Product Reviews


Music From the Middle East

Original Music in Middle Eastern Style

Fusion & Alternative Music

Specialty Music


Sheet Music & Percussionist Guides

Song Translations

Music Instruction Books


Documentaries on Middle Eastern Music

Musical Interpretation for Dancers

Learning Middle Eastern Rhythms

Instruction Playing an Instrument



Music-Related Links



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