Zachary J. Mechlem | Sameera: Modern Music for Belly Dance

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Sameera: Modern Music for Belly Dance

by Zachary J. Mechlem

Original belly dance music inspired by tribal, trance, and gypsi music of North Africa & The Middle East.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sameera
3:45 $0.99
2. Ocean of Fire
2:49 $0.99
3. Three if by Desert
3:39 $0.99
4. Pharaoh's March
2:43 $0.99
5. The Sand & The Moon
3:34 $0.99
6. Battle of Kadesh
4:34 $0.99
7. Tabla Taxim
2:27 $0.99
8. Bedouins
3:21 $0.99
9. Throne of Osiris
3:19 $0.99
10. Dari
3:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
***\"Three if by Desert\" was featured during a live broadcast in an add for \'Jeep World of Adventure\' on NBC Sports!***

Zachary J. Mechlem is a member of World Fusion trio, Mohenjo Daro and the frontman for Alt-Country group, Mack West. His newest solo release, Sameera is a raw and dynamic collection of original belly dance music inspired by trance, tribal, and gypsi music of North Africa & The Middle East.
Mechlem performs every instrument on the album except the flute, which is brilliantly done by Johnny Ruzsa, also of Mohenjo Daro. For this recording Mechlem uses traditional Arabic percussion but string tracks were done using banjo, acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, and banjo-mandolin. Another unique touch is the use of drum kit on select tracks, providing a deeper groove and backbeat to accompany the more traditional Arabic rhythms.
Mechlem\'s only personal ties to the East are his Roma (gypsi) roots but Sameera is intended more as a tribute to the 70\'s era of Belly Dance music he heard as a kid, when his own mother was a professional belly dancer.
His solo debut was back in 2000 with \"east meets west\" soundtrack, \"The Haight Gang\", a Wild West concept record that combined Arabic, Indian, and Spanish music with Country and Rock.

It\'s hard to imagine an artist more perfectly suited to modernizing belly dance music than Zach Mechlem. In addition to his acclaimed Eastern Fusion trio, Mohenjo Daro, he has made numerous forays into popular music as a composer and multi-instrumentalist, all with impressive results. This musical style is also in his blood, with Romany Gypsy roots and a mother who was herself a belly dancer. It\'s no wonder then that Sameera is filled with gems that beautifully balance the rhythmic requirements of the dancer with finely crafted nods to prevailing musical taste. Instead of merging a plethora of modern elements as Tribal Dance music does, Mechlem shoots for a more timeless approach, subtly applying Western musical theory and incorporating non-traditional sounds sparingly, such as the drum set on \"Bedouins.\" Mechlem played each of the wide variety of Middle Eastern and Indian percussion and stringed instruments himself, except for several gorgeous flute performances by Johnny Ruzsa. Let\'s hope that preconceptions of what comprises Belly Dance music won\'t dissuade prospective listeners. Some might expect a collection of repetitive, trance-inducing tracks, but the disc is never monotonous. Even after repetitive listening, every song has a distinct identity, some very percussive and others graced with rapidly flowing melodies. \"The Sand & the Moon\" is a standout, a dramatic, plucked lullaby that offers a brief respite at the album\'s halfway mark. Running about three or four minutes each, each of the 10 songs offers a climactic journey, making Sameera the perfect aural companion for a visually striking art form.
-Ezra Waller, City Beat Magazine
Cincinnati, OH



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Wow. Can't stop dancing.
AWESOME. The variety of rhythms, the flow of speeds from one piece to the next, the blending of old and new instruments, the fresh interpretation of classic melodies. Did I say awesome? No, really, it is awesome. Dangerous to play in the car - I dare you to NOT dance to this! Even my young daughter is doing snake arms to Battle of Kadesh in her carseat. Brilliant. Thank you, Zachary. Namaste.


Dancer's review of Sameera
This CD is a great collection of upbeat songs. Sameera, the CD's first and title track, is the most catchy, with a great melody and clean drumming to back it up. All of the other songs hold their own as well. But if you're looking for a lullaby, look else where, as all tracks are backed by driving rhythm. As a dancer, I would say that the songs would all be good set closers, and would fit into the "drum solo" section of a performance.


I absolutely love this CD! Each song is different from the other and they all make me want to dance. Zachary Mechlem is an awesome musician!


Solid beats perfect for dancing, enough variety to keep a girl happy!
A blend of originality & tradition. This CD will keep a cabaret ot tribal style dancer inspired.


Solid beats perfect for dancing, enough variety to keep a girl happy!
A blend of originality & tradition. This CD will keep a cabaret ot tribal style dancer inspired.


Zachary Mechlem ROCKS!
This CD is fabulous....I can dance to every song on here- with zills, with a veil, just plain! I love it!! Infact, I'm using one of the tracks "Bedouins" in an upcoming bellydance competition!! :)


great beats very fun to dance to!!! excellent all around!
this cd is great i love it. the music has wonderful beats all throug out the album!!!!


Loved it!!!!! The first song is the best.
great dance music . upbeat and fun!!!!


Just what I was hoping it would be...
It's perfect BD music! I loved the progression of rhythyms in tracks 5, 6, & 7. I'll definitely be looking for more from Mr. Mechlem!

Dreadful Jonquil

It's fun!
Very eclectic composition of melodies and unique organization of instuments. Fun to dance to, drill moves, listen to while folding laundry.......etc..........
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