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Edalla3 3ala Keifak – Flirt as much you want

I just got finished translating, “edalla3 3ala keifak” for a client and I was thinking about the lyrics especially about the verb “ed-dalla3.”It means so many things in one. Flirt,  act coy, be playful, act spoiled. Translating the title of the song is tough. The best I could come up with is “flirt as much you’d like” or “play hard to get as much you’d like.” It was wonderful translating that piece and my client loved the job I did with it. If you’re interested in my translation , just drop me a line: colloquialarabic4@gmail.com

The concept of dala3 is so central in Egyptian style belly dance. I find that Egyptians love dancers with this playful, flirtatious, coy attitude. Grasping this concept is especially important when dancing in the “baladi” style. You are playing the part of that coy, cute Egyptian girl, NOT the belly dance diva in the blingy costume. Blah blah blah… Thanks for reading my rambling! 🙂


FYI this song is available on the Judy Jihan Reda CD and there’s also a version by Hossam Ramzy . Image


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Review: Arabic Rhythms and Combinations with Tamra-Henna

“Experience the Rhythms of Egypt through Dance with Tamra Henna of LA”

This is a rave review of Tamra-Henna’s DVD, Arabic Rhythms and Combinations

This DVD is a must-have. Tamra Henna has hit a jackpot with this one and it’s worth its weight in gold. Her instruction is thorough and she does everything from both sides and you can always see her whole body clearly. The follow-alongs are also long enough to give you enough practice of each combinations. She does not rush through each combination.

Introduction to Rhythm

This introduction is very thorough and wonderful. It’s so great that she doesn’t just jump into teaching the rhythms and combinations. She explains that masmoudi saghir may also be called beledi which is important.
She goes over dooms, teks, and kas. She even explains measures. It’s so great that she doesn’t assume that people know this musical terminology though many of us dancers do already. Tamra Henna even spoke about stepping on the dum and weight changes coinciding with the dum.
The DVD has awesome visual aids, like the diagram below, so you can see the rhythm while it is being played. This really helps you to internalize the rhythm.

Rhythm Analysis

4 beat rhythms

Maqsoum & Beledi

When she starts the beat analysis, she goes over the rhythms thoroughly and claps them out with you and has Amir Sofi on the table play it slowly while the diagram is on the screen. So helpful!!!
She does two combinations for a slow maqsoum and 2 combos for beledi.
from DVD

Other Rhythms on this DVD:

Wahda- she explains this rhythms very thoroughly and goes through 2 combinations breaking technique down along the way. These combinations are very versatile and can work for your taqsims.
Malfuf- the malfuf section is my favorite, again she gives the helpful tip that malfuf is commonly used in the entrance sections of bellydance songs for those who don’t know already. She does two combinations to this rhythm that I will be using a lot in the entrances to my oriental choreographies. These combinations in particular are very versatile, and I can adapt them to most oriental songs.
Ayoub: this was a nice surprise. Although she does go over what the ZAR is, her ayoub combinations are set to a faster ayoub which is nice. Though I missed masmoudi kabir on this dvd, I loved the ayoub combinations.
Performance: She does an excerpt of Batwanis Beek by Warda, it is just breathtaking.
dvd performance

Important things to note about this DVD:

1) The maqsoum combinations are set to a slow maqsoum and not the fast upbeat maqosum you are used to hearing. She says in the beginning that her combinations are suited for classical music more than they are for pop music.
2) She doesn’t do a warm-up but she does go over posture as seen in the image below.
3) She does go over technique as you go along! Another plus!!!


This DVD is supposed to have a second part to it, but I don’t know if that’s truly happening. I hope that Tamra Henna produces a sequel independently and not with IAMED. I have absolutely no problems with this DVD except that maybe I missed masmoudi kabir but that’s not even a big deal. I will continue to use this DVD and the combinations again and again. This DVD will also inspire you to create your own combinations. This is one of the only combination DVDs out there that is actually useful. It’s set to an Arabic rhythm and not some arbitrary pop song. On other combination DVDs, you may find it hard to lift out the combos and use them. This is not the case here!!
To conclude: Don’t sleep on this DVD! Don’t sleep on Tamra Henna of LA in general.

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Gaet men al Gharib

wala gatsh minak?

This is a song by a singer named Mohamed el Helw.

It was redone by Sim Sim el Amir and it appears on an oriental dance CD by Samasem.

This is a translation that I recently completed. I love it, it’s full of so much emotion!!!!!!

My favorite quote from the song is “Abu Rimsh y2tel.” Your eyelashes kill. It fits very powerfully within the context of the song.

If you want my translation, which is in idomatic english, makes perfect sense along with summaries and some linguistic notes, please send me an e-mail at colloquialarabic4@gmail.com. I do charge a small fee because I put my heart and soul into my translations.

Here is the video. Enjoy the wonderful dancing:

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