Music and dance interpretation of classical egyptian music
My head is swirling with Egyptian music at the moment, especially the ones once sung by the legendary
Egyptian singer, Oum Kalthoum.
Enta Omri became my choice of a new veil dance for my Bracklesham and Witterings class. Composed by
Mohammed Abdel Wahab in 1964, Enta Omri means You are My Life. The song comprises predominantly the melodic sound
of Oud, a pear shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Middle Eastern music.
One translation I derived online is that Enta Omri a song about a new found love which have make life
‘I started now only, to love my life
I started now to fear, to fear that life would run’
and Julia Acerbo beautiful dance interpretation of Enta Omri
The other music I have heard for quite a while and not know that it’s an Oum Kalthoum classic is 1001
nights, Alf Leila Wa Leila
It was composed by Egyptian composer, Baligh Hamdi in 1969. The instruments in this music comprises of tradition
Middle Eastern instruments; ney, oud, qanoun, tabla, sagat and European instruments; violin and accordion. Though
it’s a love song, this beautiful song resonate the folkloric tales as told by the wise and beautiful Scheherazade
in Arabian Nights.
Here is another dance interpretation of Alf Leyla Wa Leyla, performed by renowned belly dancer, Aziza