I don't want to be downer, so I'll spare you my opinion of the whole debacle in Syria and what's to come. Seems simple. Someone, presumably Bashar Al-Asshole, killed over a thousand innocent people with chemicals, including hundreds of children. It's not really a time for the world to sit on it's hands. One guy pushed the button that killed hundreds of kids. One guy. Just get it done world
Imagine what's going through Syrian heads right about now. All they want to do is to get back to business as usual. Toke on the hookah, take in some belly dancing and chill. Here's three from Syria, all loosely catagorized as belly dancing music, but I think you'll agree that Westerners didn't have a lock on updating traditional sounds in the seventies. Start with the first two, which to my untrained ears do sound relatively traditional, outside of the Dave "Baby" Cortez type farfisa run in the first one (at :20). But, it gets weirder. Oh, does it. The last one by Assa’d Khoury with his Oriental Electronic Organ and Band is one piece of work. Though it's from an LP titled "Electronic Touches Belly Dance", I defy you to show me someone who could actually belly dance to this one. It starts out with farfisa, and then you'll notice some nasty drum breaks. Pretty nice stuff, but hang on. At 1:30, ol' Assa'd sounds like he's taken some a'cid. This bad boy would have a belly dancer tied up in knots.
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Damascus Music Group - Nadia mp3 at Radio Diffusion International
Damascus Music Group - Raksat Al Mindill mp3 at Radio Diffusion International
Assa’d Khoury with his Oriental Electronic Organ and Band - Al Ghaba mp3 at Radio Diffusion International
More Syrian Music at Bodega Pop