Buy new: $13.98
Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
Original Release Date: July 11, 2000
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Arc Music
01. Naima's Hip
02. Taheyya's Anke
03. Serena's Step
04. Desert Princess
05. Katie's Cheeky Playfulness
06. Samya's Solo
07. Brazilian Pearls
08. Rough Or Cool?
09. Lucy, The Magnificent
10. The Coy, Spoiled One
11. We Baadin Ommaal
12. The Djinni
13. How Odd
If you think belly-dancing music is simple, this CD from Cairo-born percussionist Hossam Ramzy, the leader of Pharaoh's Egyptian Ensemble (he also toured with Robert Plant and Debbie Harry), will correct that assumption. Ramzy is a master of the darbouka, the Egyptian version of the tabla; the title of this CD is actually an inverted play on words for "solo tabla." It contains about 45 minutes of intricate and ingenious pre-Islamic, Arabic, and world-beat-influenced solos and rhythms. With other percussion instruments supporting the darbouka, Ramzy creates a fresh, fertile crescent of sound stretching from the Nile to the Middle East, Morocco, and beyond. The track "Brazilian Pearls" features samba-fied grooves thrown in for good measure. An informative booklet details the rhythms of these Saharan syncopations, from "West Naima (Naima's Hip)" to "Samya's Solo." With stealth and skill, Hossam Ramzy shows us the legacy of his land through the belly dancer's hypnotic hips. --Eugene Holley Jr.
All drums! , January 24, 2005
I got this cd about 2 years ago and I'm still listening to it. It's great for practicing hip and pelvic work, and more experienced dancers will be able to do other moves to it. In fact, I think more experienced dancers will benefit the most from this cd. Beginning students will find it too complex and overwhelming, but I would recommend that beginning students start with one easy song and practice movements to it then move on to another cd. If you're a fan of drums and like nothing but drums then this is the cd for you!
my steering wheel hates me :(, February 29, 2004
Reviewer: Jim Spencer (Boynton Beach, Fl)
I'm a percussionist, but don't worry, that doesn't mean I biased towards this kind of stuff. I actually don't care for most modern percussion solos as they tend to be chaotic and thus boring. For most people, percussion solos are something to mildly enjoy in small doses mainly due to the overbearing tone of many percussion instruments. The tabla is actually very dynamic (which makes it very expressive) and imo has one of the lesser "in your face" tones.
That being said, this really is a great CD. Hossam really knows his stuff and it shows. But it's not all showboating. This is very technical, but actually extremely catchy at the same time which is a rarity. You'd have to be near dead to not physically respond to this music. I've not seen a person yet that didn't start tapping their feet or tapping their fingers... and these are people that get annoyed at my habit of doing that. Very infectuous.
The only downside to this CD is I think my steering wheel might fall off from my beating it so hard while driving or sitting at a light. Well, that and I probably look crazy beating the wheel and bobbing my head around. Be forewarned ;)
Sabla Tolo: journeys into Pure egyptian percussion, March 14, 2007
Reviewer: Alma Ventura (phoenix, az)
cant explain it!!! this is a great CD, i listen to it all the time, cleaning my home, driving in the car, every where, the beats pull you in and can help but to shimmy or do some hip drops w. the music!!! it's awesome!
Great percussionist, great CD, February 4, 2007
Reviewer: J. Brown (Seattle, WA USA)
I am an unconditional fan of expert percussive playing, and Hossam Ramzy (along with Sayed Balaha amongst others) fits the bill.
If you're new to this type of music, please, indulge your ears with these sounds.
But first, push the furniture to the edges of the room, as the next thing you'll know, you'll be dancing around the room to your hearts content, riding on the rhythms!
Awesome!!, January 9, 2007
Reviewer: DM (San Jose, CA USA)
If you're a bellydancer, this CD is GREAT for practicing shimmy's. It's constantly upbeat & all percussion. You can follow along w/ your zils/finger cymbals pretty easily as well. All in all I thinks it's perfect for my practice sessions. :)
WOW! , January 4, 2007
Reviewer: A. Cuff (Yuma, AZ)
This music is fabulous! If you don't know how to belly dance before you hear the music, you can't help but get up and learn when you do hear the music. It is almost hypnotic the way the drums beat their rythm. I definitely recommend this CD to anyone who likes exotic music.