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Mastering Belly Dance Rhythms

Near- and Mid-East Rhythms
Used in Belly Dance,
page 4

RHYTHM

TIME
SIG

TYPICAL
BPM

SOURCE

USE

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GROUP VII

THE CHALLENGING “SEVENS”

Dawr Hindi
(sometimes spelled
Dur Hindi)

7/8

100-180

This particular version of Dawr Hindi is from Syria; 7/8 rhythms can also be found in Greece, Turkey, Iran, and the Balkans. The name Dawr Hindi intimates an East-Indian influence; not usually found on belly dance CDs—available on Syrian classical vocal CDs (Yousef Kassab is a fine example)

Though not typical of cabaret belly dance, it may be used as a transition piece or as part of a drum solo

Dawr-Hindi_
basic100

Dawr-Hindi_
basic120

Dawr-Hindi_
basic150

Dawr-Hindi_
basic180

Dawr-Hindi_
var2_basic100

Dawr-Hindi_
var2_basic120

Dawr-Hindi_
var2_basic150

Dawr-Hindi_
var2_basic180

Dawr-Hindi_
complex100

Dawr-Hindi_
complex120

Dawr-Hindi_
complex150

Dawr-Hindi_
2x-complex100

Dawr-Hindi_
2x-complex120

Dawr-Hindi_
2x-complex150

Laz
(also known as the Greek Kalamatiano)

7/8

60-150 bpm

Turkish in origin, the Laz is considered a folk rhythm rather than a belly dance rhythm; may be found on Turkish or Greek music CDs; the Greek version is called Kalamatiano

Laz may be employed as a middle-section of a belly dance routine, or as part of a drum solo

Laz_basic60

Laz_basic120

Laz_basic150

GROUP VIII

COMPLEXITY: “TENS” AND “FIVES”

Jurjuna
(variously spelled Çurςuna—ς is pronounced as “ch”—or incorrectly as Georgina

10/8

100-240 bpm

Armenian in origin, it is found in Armenian, Turkish, and Iraqi classical music and may be found on these music CDs

Jurjuna may be used as a transition piece in a 5- to 7-part belly dance piece, or as part of a drum solo

Jurjuna_basic100

Jurjuna_basic180

Jurjuna_basic240

Jurjuna_
complex100

Jurjuna_
complex180

Jurjuna_Darieh_
complex180

Samai’i
Tawashi
(also known as Samai’i Thaqil, meaning “thick”)

10/8

60-100 bpm

An Egyptian classical rhythm which may indeed derive from Jurjuna, it is found in classical Egyptian belly dance; a rare find on Egyptian belly dance CDs

This rhythm may serve as a transition rhythm or as part of a drum solo

Samai'i-Tawashi_
basic60

Samai'i-Tawashi_
basic100

Samai'i-Tawashi_
complex60

Samai'i-Tawashi_
complex100

Aaraj

5/4

100-240 bpm

The Aaraj is actually a collection of regional  5/4 folk rhythms, with many variations; the country of origin is uncertain; it may be found on international ethnic folk recordings

This rhythm may serve as a transition rhythm or as part of a drum solo; the version in the sound clip was selected because it has a unique and playful cadence, reminding listeners of traditional American Jazz, especially the song Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet

Aaraj_basic100

Aaraj_basic180

Aaraj_basic240

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