(A music note from our resident raissa)
We’ve met some great bands this year including the masterminds behind the new CD Mazaaj (Jonatan & George). The band Allah Yustur was featured at Crossroads and Origins plus DragonCon’s Silk Road Show and of course lead singer of Inviolate’s Kadria is always dressed in something ultra cool from the MBD shoppe at her interactive metal belly shows. All three have found success in music.
We are particularly enthralled with the musical aspect of our culture because it’s what brings the dancer to life. Without sound we nothing. Be it classical or modern, metal or mystical the musicians of our day have a lot to offer and we must understand the importance of including them in our programs and shows.
Live musicians do offer a great deal of quality to a show. Including tabla, zill players (in addition to zilling raissat) and other instrumentalists; oud, violin and ney – all are a part of Eastern tradition. Forsaking their existance is as bad as forsaking the history of raqs sharqi.
In your next program in addition to including taped music and cds, invite a musician to play live or along with your taped piece. You’ll see the magic of music unfold! We’ll be featuring some great artists and cds in the coming months including Anasma and Mazaaj! Follow us on social media to hear more about these new partnerships!