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Slightly off the beaten track

The previous weeks of new song every week have been on fairly well known bellydance standards. This week, it's something less familiar. This is an oldie, but a goodie! It's not a song I've seen used by anyone else, other than the friend who introduced me to it - Mashrabsh il Shay.

Music: I was using a pretty modern cover version by Marwa. She was the singer of the Etdalla Ya Arees song I choreographed a couple of years ago.


Here's an older version by the original singer, Leila Nazmi here. In doing my research for this, I've found out that Marwa has covered quite a few of Leila's songs. You might find this version a bit less saccharine-sweet!


The lyrics can be found here. They're not terribly sophisticated, and the translation is a bit clunky, but you can get a general feel. The original version of this translation comes from the AllTheLyrics forum site.

Coaching notes: This song is all about Dalla'a. This is a VERY Egyptian concept, of playful flirtatiousness, and spoilt princess-ness!


Inspiration clips have been hard to locate for this one. As I said, it's not a piece of music that is used very often. But here's me, using it for a Melaya number.


I also found this clip from an unknown-to-me dancer.


And although these next two aren't bellydance clips as such, they're fun to watch and you can see some of the gestures referring to the lyrics “he gave me a fan”, “he gave me a parasol”, “he said my cheeks are like a peach”... The little girl is adorable, and TOTALLY demonstrates that Dalla'a I mentioned above, and the show number uses some moves you'll find familiar, even though they aren't being done as bellydance moves.




Next week, back to the classics!

Comments

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replyhazy
Aug. 5th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
That is an ADORABLE song and I enjoyed your take on it.

(The other dancer seems to have forgotten half her costume...)
beafarhana
Aug. 5th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Aww! Thanks! And yes, I noticed that too, it must be very hot where she is!
replyhazy
Aug. 5th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
There's an instructor in Chicago who is offering a workshop on della'a, but I wasn't very heartened by the "requires knowledge of Aziza-style veil work" in the description. Can't figure out what one has to do with the other!!
beafarhana
Aug. 5th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Whaaaaat?!?!!?! That doesn't make any sense at all!
bintblue
Aug. 5th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
Hooray!
You know I love and use this song! But I never will if/when I am in your neck of the woods, deal?
;)

beafarhana
Aug. 5th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Hooray!
Deal, and of course vice versa! Unless we're duetting of course! I don't suppose there's any video footage of you dancing it, by way of inspiration?
bintblue
Aug. 5th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Hooray!
*dreams of duet*
How awesome would that be?!!

There is video, but none I've posted (I don't think). I'll check, though!
_ocelott_
Aug. 6th, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
I can't tell you how much I love these posts.
beafarhana
Aug. 6th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh good, I'm so glad they're interesting to someone other than just me!!! I'm coming up to the last of the posts which relate to the actual classes I taught. I was wondering whether to continue beyond next week, using other pieces of music that I love, because I actually really enjoy the whole research process for these songs (pffft! as if the little bit of internet searching for lyrics and youtube scanning for videos counts as "research"!)
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