Beach Bellydance Babylon

Various Artists

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Format: CD

Cat No: MUL06

Release Date:  17 March 2008

Label:  Mule Satellite

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  5036098007466

Genres:  World Music  

  • Description

    Shimmy and twang, in whatever order you like! Beach Bellydance Babylon celebrates the days when men with velvet trousers and unpleasantly wide lapels picked up their guitars and twanged their way across a thousand dance floors in cabarets from Los Angeles to Damascus! At the height of this Age of Twang, on one side of the world the Ventures and Dick Dale proved you could get the go-go into just about every song ever written with a Fender Telecaster and surf beat. Across the continent, the bellydance bars of Brooklyn and the East Side were resonating to the same guitar sound reinterpreting Turkish and Lebanese folk and pop songs.
    As a nod to the past, the theme from the sixties show "The Avengers" gets the full Oriental treatment, while the Egyptian classic"‘Fakkarouni" is washed up and re-assembled surf style on the Californian coast.
    From the present day, Nirvana, Depeche Mode and the Black Eyed Peas are all covered: the latter with a version of “My Humps� being perhaps the worlds first psychedelic shaabi r n b mix. Onto an unknown time and space, the album takes on various Arabic rhythms and twists them into new shapes, notably the full rocking workout of "Machine Gun Shimmy".
    The album was originally conceived as something to inspire belly dancers to work out some new dips and shimmys to: in fact it was previewed at the International Bellydance Congress.
    However, a piece of work quite this hipshakingly original deserves a wider hearing. So…hear away, get out a surfboard and some sequins and shimmy your way to the beach bellydance Babylon.
    The project is led by Tim Whelan from World Music Nominees Transglogal Underground. He is joined by bandmate Hamid Mantu, Alex Kasiek, Ali El Minyawi, Raphaelle & Monsieur Clown.
    Tracks: Theme From The Avengers / My Humps / Fakkarouni / Shubra Strut /Enjoy The Silence / In Full Control / Machine Gun Shimmy / Below The Mountain / Smells Like Teen Spirit / Beach Bellydance Battlefield

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Theme From The Avengers
      • 2. My Humps
      • 3. Fakkarouni
      • 4. Shubra Strut /Enjoy The Silence
      • 5. In Full Control
      • 6. Machine Gun Shimmy
      • 7. Below The Mountain
      • 8. Smells Like Teen Spirit
      • 9. Beach Bellydance Battlefield