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Mastering Belly Dance Rhythms

Near- and Mid-East Rhythms
Used in Belly Dance,
page 2

RHYTHM

TIME
SIG

TYPICAL
Beats per Min

SOURCE

USE

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GROUP III

THE ETHNIC “FOURS”

Hajah

4/4

100-240 bpm

This rhythm hails from Iraq, and is considered a traditional folk rhythm

The Hajah is not typical of standard belly dance music, but is regarded as a folk rhythm; may serve as an entrance, as a middle-section piece in a 5- to 7-part belly dance suite, or as part of a drum solo

Hajah_basic100

Hajah_basic180

Hajah_basic240

Bayou-1
(may also be spelled Baio)

4/4

100-240 bpm

The Bayou is actually two distinct rhythms from Iraq, and are considered traditional folk rhythms; share characteristics with rhythms from diverse parts of the world

This version of Bayou is not typical of standard belly dance music, but may serve as an entrance, as a middle-section piece in a 5- to 7-part belly dance suite, or as part of a drum solo

Bayou1_basic120

Bayou1_basic240

Bayou-2
(may also be spelled Baio)

4/4

100-240 bpm

The Bayou is actually two distinct rhythms; hails from Iraq, and is considered a traditional folk rhythm; shares characteristics with rhythms from diverse parts of the world

This version of Bayou is not typical of standard belly dance music, but may serve as an entrance, as a middle-section piece in a 5- to 7-part belly dance suite, or as part of a drum solo

Bayou2_basic120

Bayou2_basic240

Fox
(pronounced fohks, with a long “o”)

4/4

200-300 bpm

The origin of the Fox is unknown; sometimes found in regional folk music of the Gulf and other Mid-East coastal areas

not typical of standard belly dance music, but suitable for entrances, transitions, and drum solos

Fox_basic200

Fox_basic300

Fox_complex200

Fox_complex300

Jaark
(sometimes mispronounced as jerk)

4/4

120-180 bpm

The origin of the Jaark is unknown; it is sometimes found in regional folk music of the Gulf and other Mid-East coastal areas

not typical of standard belly dance music, but suitable for entrances, transitions, and drum solos

Jaark_basic120

Jaark_basic180

Jaark_complex120

Jaark_complex180

Jaark_Darieh_
complex120

GROUP IV

THE ETHNIC “EIGHTS”

Bambi

8/4

120-180 bpm

rhythm is considered Egyptian, but other regions have claimed it—specifically Iraq, because of its resemblance to the Iraqi rhythm Chobiyah, presentation of which follows; found on Egyptian dance CDs

commonly used as an entrance and as part of a drum solo

Bambi_basic120

Bambi_basic180

Bambi_complex120

Bambi_complex180

Chobiyah
(alternate spellings include Chobi, Shobiyyah, or Tshobiyah)

8/4

120-180

Chobiyah is a common Iraqi folk rhythm, and is often played by Iraqi bands for belly dancers; may be found on Iraqi CDs

not typical of standard belly dance music, but suitable for entrances, transitions, and drum solos

Chobiyah_basic120

Chobiyah_basic180

Chobiyah_
complex120

Chobiyah_
complex180

More rhythms continued here!   Page 3…

More rhythms continued here!   Page 3…

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