Other Inspirational Music & Musicians we love
Shewyt Eyal by Essam Karika
Tabla Solo #2 by Mokhtar Al Said
Al Ahram Orchestra
Bassam Ayoub Masters of Belly Dance
Abdel Halim Hafez
Bellydance Superstars - good "entry level" compilations
Souhail Kaspar - drummer
Books, Movies and DVDs
Afrita Hanem - The 1949 Egyptian film that served as inspiration for Al-Bahira's "Ifrita Helwa!"
Cheeky Girls instructional and performance videos
Um Kathoum Biography - A biography of the most famed Egyptian singer of all time.
Grandmother's Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing - A beautiful memoir with history and dance theory elements.
A Trade Like Any Other: Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt - A scholarly thesis on historical and social roles of entertainers in Egyptian society.
Reading Lolita In Tehran - A beautiful memoir about the women of a book club who gathered to read banned Western literature in post-revolutionary Iran.
Mornings In Jenin - A deeply moving historical-fiction work that traces a Palestinian family from their ancestral home in the early 20th century through El Nakbah and their harrowing forced removal, life in refugee settlements, and their divergent paths.
All the Shah's Men - A history of the Iranian revolution and the U.S. role in those events. Compellingly written, a relatively high-level easy read.
The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years - A Middle East history survey.
The Creative Habit (by Twyla Tharp)