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    Salma al-Shimi

    So this happened... News outlets have also identifed her as a "dancer," but without watching everything on her YouTube channel, it looks like "person who lip syncs and poses to music in the hope of...
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    Levantine snake dancing is a thing now?

    Well, this is not the sort of snake dancing we're used to seeing. This turned up in my YouTube feed the other day. 47SOUL ( call their style "Shamstep," a fusion of traditional Levantine music with electronica, hip-hop, dubstep, and other worldmusic elements. The fusion of dabke...
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    Get down with your dishes!

    So I started trawling around the internet, trying to teach myself about the career of Golden Age Egyptian singer and actress Badeaa Sadek the other day, because that's the sort of thing I do in my spare time... My Arabic is way too weak to understand the intricacies of whatever crazy jive went...
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    Egyptian cotton

    Just came across this article about Egyptian cotton farming... Other than the throwaway line about folkloric songs, it isn't BD related, so let's see what we can dig up music-wise... From the film "Khadra W al-Sindbad...
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    Saudi female rapper arrested

    In a move that no one could have possibly anticipated, a young female Saudi musician was arrested for rapping about being from the city of Mecca. Ayasel Slay has been accused of being disrespectful to Islam, not being Saudi enough, and attempting to behave like she lives somewhere other than...
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    Atlantic article: Muslims "What happened to us?"

    This is slightly off topic, but it is an interesting article that explains some of the dynamics behind the recent history of the Middle East.
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    MENA/MED In Memoriam 2019

    Here are some famous folks who departed in 2019. Did I miss anyone? Houari Manar (December 18, 1981 – January 7, 2019) Houari was an Algerian Rai singer who was known almost as much for being a semi-closeted gay performer as for his music. Even though he never fully came out, his refusal to...
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    Creative confidence

    It seems fear of making mistakes or not performing "perfectly" holds a lot of dancers back from doing their best possible work. This article doesn't specifically discuss dancing, but it might have some useful insights for struggling students...
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    Belly dancers in current TV spot

    Has anybody seen the latest Humira commercial? Blink and you'll miss it, but they're belly dancing around 0:23. Pros: - It's shown as a respectable hobby along with other types of dancing. - They resisted demonstrating symptom-free...
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    I hope whatever reputation I had from Bhuz precedes me in a good way! I have been dancing on and off since 1999, studying mostly Arabic styles. I'm also a bit of an Arabic popular music nerd.