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Nebtidi Minein el Hikaya

So my first piece of New Music Every Week Improv was Mawoud. The second week was Nebtidi Minen el Hikaya. This is another Abdel Halim Hafez song. Can you tell I love him?

The music I was using was the version from The Masters of Bellydance Volume 2 (which is a compilation CD). I couldn't immediately trace the version on YouTube, so I gave my students links to be able to download it, if they'd enjoyed it.

Much like the previous week's Mawoud, this piece of music was in two very different sections. The emotional content was perhaps easier, because the part of the music we were working on was just the musical introduction, and doesn't actually have any lyrics, although I thought it would be helpful for my students to know that generally this is a song about enduring love, so you could be generally happy and smiley, without having to actually express anything in particular. The challenge for this piece was varying the style you use, in order to make the two different sections look different- the first section is all about the Drama, plenty of dramatic pauses and posing, the second is more earthy and you could use all your Sa'aidi moves here. Looking back on my students' feedback, they seemed to have enjoyed this improv session and to have understood the difference between the two sections in the music, which is gratifying for a teacher!

And now for the inspiration video clips. First we have Queenie, a Belgian dancer, with a prizewinning choreography.

Next it's the Orlando Bellydance troupe, doing a Spanish influenced group number.

My favourite dancer, Suhair Zaki.

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, you've got to love the solidness of those down hips, while everything else is looking light and airy!

And finally, a Turkish interpretation from dancer, Didem, which includes some floorwork. I have to confess I added this largely to demonstrate how differently Turkish dancers interpret music compared to Egyptians.

So what does everyone think? Have I gone down the route of Massive Oversimplification of the Song Meaning again? Does anyone else have any inspiration video clips to share? Have you worked on this song, and do you have any of your own thoughts and experiences to add here?


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Jul. 22nd, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
I've danced to it often--to me, the song is just about pure joy, so I don't think you've oversimplified it at all.

The version I most like to dance to, apart from live bands of course :) , is the first five or so minutes of the very long version on Jalilah's Stars of the Casino Opera--the first section ends very cleanly, so it's easy to edit.
Jul. 22nd, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
YEP I love this song. The sections of it are so randomly different. It used to be one of those songs that confused me muchly I think because it it was Abdel Wahib and all his ways instead of my beloved Baligh Hamdi. I have a fab version of it which I think are sections 2 and 3 ish on American dancer Karen Barbees CD. Which have the a Mohamid Abdel Waheb type Spanishy bit. I also love it because it was the first song I danced to ok in my comeback years at Raks B no less.
Jul. 23rd, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
Ahh, love the song, and the vids. Can't stop watching the Soheir Zaki one!

Edited at 2013-07-23 12:20 pm (UTC)
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