Music Review : Beats Antique A Thousand faces – Act 1

The latest release from Beats Antique is out on the airwaves but is it useful for belly dancers???
beats antique thousand facesI am a big fan of Beats Antique and really enjoy a lot of their stuff. I have posted many times when they have new or free stuff available and encouraged you all to download their music. This new album doesn’t really float my boat though. You can listen for yourself here.

There are some groovy bits but it is so overall discordant and dark that I can’t ever seeing myself dance to any of it. There is one exception in  ‘Veil of Tears’ which is my favourite of the 6 songs. It has a much stronger middle eastern link, zills and vocals and I could relate to it much more on a dance level. Too intense I think for anything but tribal or dark fusion but I predict that this song will be the one that pops up in dancers youtube clips over the next year.

Beats Antique did state that this is a concept album and they have taken some risks. As artists I think that can only be good but I wonder if it will translate into sales for them.

What are your thoughts? Do you like it? Will you buy it? Please comment below.



ARRGGHHH!!! I can’t believe I only just heard about this!!! I hadn’t heard a whisper through all the usual belly dance channels. Thank you Houda for letting me know. If you were unaware too – here is goss. He’s in Sydney Feb 2nd at the ANZ stadium. Belly dance Show, Sword fighting show??? I haven’t heard who  the artists doing this part of the evening are but I am sure tempted to go. Sounds like a lot of fun. amr diab poster

Who is he?

Seriously, if you are into belly dance and haven’t at least heard of him then …. well I just don’t know what to say!!

This from his bio
“Amr Diab (Amr Abd-Albaset Abd-Alaziz Diab), born on the 11th of October 1961 in Port Said, Egypt, he is an Egyptian Singer, he is known as the Father of Mediterranean Music. He has created his own style of music, which is a blend of western and Egyptian Rhythms. His songs are translated in to 7 different languages and sang by different artists worldwide”
“Amr Diab’s domestic life is just as rewarding as his musical career, married to Zeina Ashour, his children are Nour (girl), the twin Abdu-Allah (boy) & Kinzy (girl), and Jana (girl). The father Amr Diab is a great family man, who dedicates his time to his family.amr diab

Amr Diab’s hard work and passion to creating quality music and new stylized musical techniques was his ultimate aim throughout the years. He has certainly and clearly delivered to all his multi-national fans around the globe and proved that he is one of the best Middle Eastern singers with extraordinary talent, determination, charisma and charming appearance.”
To be honest he is not my favourite Arabic musician to listen to but to look at , that’s another story 😉

Free Belly Dance Music

I randomly came across this website offering free mp3 downloads. It has some great Arabic music on the page that’s worth listening too, particularly if you are relatively new to belly dance and haven’t got many Arabic albums in your collection. You can download the songs for free however where they actually got the music from is not mentioned. I suspect it is ripped from youtube clips and possibly without the permission of the artist. You will have to work out the ethics for yourself but if I really like a piece or intend on dancing to it, I always give it my best shot to track down the original music and pay for it. It helps support the artists and it’s hard to be a great dancer without great music to inspire us!!

Here’s the link to mp3truck for your listening pleasure..

Arabic music free

Don’t forget that I post on any free Arabic or belly dance related music I come across so please hit the follow button so you don’t miss a post.

Another popular post I did on free Arabic Music can be found here

or you can just scroll down the page to the Articles heading on the right hand side of the page and hit the music or Arabic drumming categories to see more.

What do you think about all the free video and music popping up on the web? Ethical or unethical? Comment below.

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