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This video consists of three major areas: two performances to Egyptian songs, a section on Middle Eastern instruments, and a section on Middle Eastern rhythms. For the instructional segments, Keti wears a short top, leggings, and hip scarf, and features one or more musicians on-screen with her. For the performance segments, she dances in full Egyptian-style bedleh costumes.
The video opens with the same compilation clip that opens the other four videos in the Bellydance Live series, which shows snips from each of the five videos. This creates a level of consistency across the five videos, similar to a weekly television series that always opens with the same introductory screens.
Following this, Keti performs a 5-minute Oriental dance number to the song "Bahlam Beek" in a red and white costume, accompanied by an orchestra.
Next comes the instructional part of the video that focuses on Middle Eastern instruments. Each instrument is introduced with its name on the screen so you can see how these unfamiliar foreign names are spelled. Keti offers a few comments explaining the nature of the instrument and how it is played, and the musician plays some sample free-form taqsim music on it so you can listen to what kind of sound that instrument makes. In most, but not all cases, Keti then offers some recommendations on how to dance to that particular instrument and demonstrates as the musician continues to play. Instruments featured in this section include:
My favorite instrument demonstration in this section is sagat. Most belly dancers learn how to play finger cymbals from fellow dancers, rather than learning from musicians who specialize in playing them. The man who demonstrates finger cymbals for this video is very proficient, and it is a delight to listen to the many sounds and rhythms he produces. It is enjoyable to hear finger cymbals played by somebody who can truly make them sound like a musical instrument in their own right. Watching his technique has given me a number of new ideas!
In the instrument section, Keti's instruction focuses on how to dance to free-form taqasim (instrumental solos) played by each instrument. She offers suggestions on which body parts and moves to emphasize in conjunction with each instrument. This section ends with some suggestions on dancing when multiple instruments are playing together as a group.
The next section on Arabic rhythms is about 11 1/2 minutes long. A group of three percussionists assist Keti with live demonstrations of the rhythms malfuf, masmoudi, baladi, Saidi, fellahi, and maqsoum. For each rhythm, Keti offers some opening comments about its structure and how to dance to it, then proceeds to demonstrate as the musicians play a sequence of it.
Following the rhythms instruction, Keti performs another solo, this one to the song "Harana Ayounik". It lasts about 4 minutes.
As with her other four videos in the Bellydance Live series, Keti offers a few closing comments to bring everything together, then ends with the same closing compilation clip that appears on the earlier four videos in the series. Just as with the beginning, it provides a sense of consistency and closure, like the closing credits at the end of a series television show.
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At last there's a video that educates dancers about a very fundamental aspect of our dance form - the music! At last dancers have access to a resource that shows what some of the Middle Eastern instruments look like and shows a demonstration of each being played! I've seen too many dancers who knew very little about the music they worked with, and this video offers an easy, affordable solution.
Reviews of Other Videos By This Instructor
If you'd like to read my reviews of other videos by Keti Sharif, choose from the lists below.
Keti has sent me several of her products to review here on my web site, including this video. We also had an opportunity to meet in person on one of my trips to Egypt.
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