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by Middle-Earth Ensemble

Mid-East fusion, belly dancers' favorite.
Genre: World: Middle East Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Alá-lá-Ô
5:58 $0.99
2. Lavender
5:22 $0.99
3. Bint el Shalibiyeh
4:11 $0.99
4. Hagala
1:38 $0.99
5. We Do Not Walk Alone
5:45 $0.99
6. Azzuri
4:41 $0.99
7. Alf Leyla Wa Leyla
5:54 $0.99
8. Misirlou
5:37 $0.99
9. Ten to Twelve
2:11 $0.99
10. Osculare
3:56 $0.99
11. Dakar
3:34 $0.99
12. Cairo to Casablanca
2:03 $0.99
13. Simin Bari
4:29 $0.99
14. Hamza
5:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Middle-Earth Ensemble’s second release draws influences from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Brazil. Original world fusion music featuring stirring multi-lingual vocals, as well as a few dance classics and percussive solos.

“2006 Golden Belly Award Winners for Favorite Musicians” -Zaghareet Magazine

Track Info:

1. Alá-lá-Ô (Haroldo Lobo) Traditional Brazilian carnival march, arranged by Andy Villas-Bôas. "We crossed the Sahara desert, the sun burned our faces. Many times we had to pray for water."

2. Lavender ( Mesleh) - Lavender is a flower that grows in China and India. Indian raga structure in Ektal (12 beat cycle - 4-4-2-2) and Chinese Scale Ryori.

3. Bint el Shalibiyeh (Trad. Arabic) – Translates to “the beautiful girl”,a popular belly dance piece in a fast Maqsoum rhythm

4. Hagala ( Lazzaro) – Drum solo, based in Mahlfouf, Baladi, Masmoudi and ending in the variation Hagala.

5. We Do Not Walk Alone (Lazzaro/Villas-Bôas/Rotzler) - Based on a Frank Lazzaro motif, traditional Arabic Baladi rhythm. Villas-Bôas' lyrics reflective of continued crisis in the Middle East.

6. Azzuri (Lazzaro/Villas-Bôas /Rotzler) - Based on a melody by Frank Lazzaro, dedicated to his wife Shalimar and her lovely blue eyes.

7. Alf Leyla wa Leyla (One thousand and One Nights) (Baligh Hamdi) - Classic Egyptian piece made famous by legendary singer Omm Kalthoum.

8. Misirlou (Trad. Greek, lyrics adapted by Villas-Boas) – Popular slow dance piece in a Bolero rhythm. Dedicated to Sonia and Shadiya of Hawaii.

9. Ten to Twelve (Lazzaro) – Drum Solo, with several rhythmic time changes, including Samai (10/8) to Debhke (12/8).

10. Osculare (Villas-Bôas) - Alternating nine and seven beat cycles.

11. Dakar (Villas-Bôas /Rotzler) –Named after Israeli submarine that sunk on its way to Haifa in January of 1968, was finally found in 1999 3 km beneath the sea. (21 beat cycle - 5-5-5-6)

12. Cairo to Casablanca (Lazzaro) – Drum solo, starting in Egyptian style and ending with Moroccan style.

13. Simin Bari (Persian Trad.) – Translates to “little flower”, as Persian children are often referred.

14. Hamza (Mesleh) - Homage to the late Nubian oudist Hamza el Din, set in a Moroccan 6/8 rhythm.

Middle-Earth Ensemble:

Andy Villas-Bôas – Bass, guitar, vocals
Anthony Sarain – Soprano sax, flute
Frank Lazzaro - Dumbek, bongos, frame drum, riq, bendir, qaraqeb, udu, shakers, tambourine, cymbals, chimes, claves.
Michael Mesleh – Oud, cumbus, guitar
Robert Rotzler – Mandolin, violin



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Nikola Clay

This CD will take you to another time and place...
Dancers, get out your zills and move the furniture !This is the album you've been waiting for to take you to another time and place, a place where you dance your dreams and sweat your prayers. Sensual, seductive, addicting, try it.

Nicole Varni-Van Lierde

Wonderful new and classical songs on this CD
Ist a Pleasure to hear it.


Worth it for Alf Leyla Wa Leyla
All of the music on this CD is wonderful to listen to, some of it I won't find myself dancing to, simply because I prefer more classic middle eastern sounds, but for those that prefer the classic sounds there is plenty here. The version of Alf Leyla Wa Leyla on this CD is fantastic, the CD is worth it for that song alone.

Janeeda/Artistic Director for Isis Rising Dance Company & writer

Wonderful Fusion CD with great musicians. Can be creatively used letting your imagination fly.

Liz Nichols-The Papyrus Magazine

It has already become one of my favorites.
Those exposed to "Lavender's" fragrance report its earthy appeal, soothing quality, its soulful feel, its potential for great isolation and veil work, and its new take on favorite classics.


dancer,teacher, choreographer So. California
Great quality of recording, unusual pieces inspire wonderful movement, great group of musicians. I'm glad these guys are local.


New fusion combinations that are crisp, easy to follow and yet stretch the imagination. I am so happy that I purchased this CD.