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Mastering Belly Dance Rhythms

Near- and Mid-East Rhythms
Used in Belly Dance—Tutorial,
page 1

RHYTHM

TIME
SIG

TYPICAL
BPM

SOURCE

USE

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GROUP I

THE FOUNDATION RHYTHMS

Maksoum

4/4

100-120 bpm

Ubiquitous; exact origins unknown

Entrance or middle section for 5- to 7-part suite

Maksoum_basic60

Maksoum_basic100

Maksoum_basic120

Baladi

4/4

60-100 bpm

Originates from Egypt

Middle section or prelude to drum solo

Baladi_basic60

Baladi_basic100

Baladi_basic120

Baladi_complex60

Baladi_complex100

Baladi_complex120

Sa’idi

4/4

60-120 bpm

Egypt likely origin; often mistaken for Baladi; found on almost any belly dance CD

Entrance or middle section for 5- to 7-part suite

Sa'idi_basic100

Sa'idi_basic120

Sa'idi_Bendir_
basic120

Sa'idi_Darieh_
basic120

Masmoudi

8/4

~60 bpm

Found on many belly dance CDs; suitable for floor work; originates from the North African Berbers in and around Morocco; identical to Baladi in structure, but extended over 2 music measures

Floor work or veil movements

Masmoudi_basic60

Masmoudi_basic120

Masmoudi_complex60

Masmoudi_
complex120

Masmoudi_Darieh_
complex120

GROUP II

THE ETHNIC “TWOS”

Ayoub
(also spelled Ayub or Ayoob)

2/4

100-120 bpm

Found on almost any belly dance CD; widespread throughout the Middle-East and even Latin America; its precise country of origin is unknown

Used as an entrance, as a middle-section piece in a 5- to 7-part belly dance suite, or as part of a drum solo

Ayoub_basic60

Ayoub_basic100

Ayoub_complex60

Ayoub_complex120

Khaliji
(spelling variations include Kaleegee or Khaligi)

2/4

~60 bpm

Khaliji indicates its origins from the Arabian Gulf, as khalij means “gulf” in Arabic; found on belly dance or ethnic CDs featuring Arabian Gulf music from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Quwait, and other Arabian Gulf regions

Not typical of cabaret belly dance, but is popular in American Tribal Style; may be used as part of a drum solo

Khaliji_basic60

Khaliji_complex60

Khaliji_2x-complex60

Falláhi
(sometimes spelled Fellahi)

2/4

~120 bpm

Fallahi comes from the word “Fellahin,” referring to the rural people of Egypt; found on Egyptian belly dance CDs

Not typical of cabaret belly dance, but is becoming popular as a middle-section piece or in drum solos

Fallahi_basic60

Fallahi_basic100

Fallahi_basic120

Fallahi_complex60

Fallahi_complex100

Fallahi_complex120

Fallahi_2x-complex60

Fallahi_
2x-complex100

Fallahi_
2x-complex120

Fallahi_Darieh_
complex100

Karachi

2/4

120-160 bpm

Exact origins unknown, but found mostly in North African music; considered a regional rhythm, perhaps from Karachi, the capital of Pakistan, but some trace the Karachi to the South-American rhythm known as the Guaracha, which was then brought back to Spain, influencing North African music

Not typical of cabaret belly dance, but is becoming popular as a transition piece or in drum solos


Karachi_basic60

Karachi_basic100

Karachi_basic120

Karachi_complex60

Karachi_complex100

Karachi_complex120

Karachi_Darieh_
complex100

Karachi_Darieh_
complex120

Africani

2/4

60-120 bpm

Origins unknown, but is found mainly in North African music; may be found on ethic music CDs of Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria

Not typical of cabaret belly dance, but is becoming popular as a transition piece or in drum solos

Africani_basic60

Africani_basic100

Africani_basic120

Africani_complex60

Africani_complex100

Africani_complex120

Africani_
2x_complex60

Africani_
2x_complex100

Africani_
2x_complex120

Adani
(may also be spelled Adeni)

2/4

60-120 bpm

Adani is actually a collection of 2/4 Arabian Gulf rhythms; may be found on ethnic folk recordings from the Arabian Gulf; this particular version of the Adani is a regional Yemeni folk rhythm

Not typical of cabaret belly dance, but is becoming popular as a transition piece or in drum solos

Adani_basic60

Adani_basic100

Adani_complex60

Adani_complex100

Adani_Darieh_
complex100

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