Baladi is the heart and soul of Egyptian dance
We have had our arts influenced by all the empires who invaded us along the millennia since eternity. But there is one thing they have not managed to do and that is our dancing. This is what comes out of our Egyptian hearts in moments of happiness and excitement. This is what the Egyptian women do naturally. They translate the music in its purest form. Baladi is earth; Baladi is feminine and Baladi holds all the innocence of the countryside folk while it is laced with the lure of the ghetto.
01 El Hob Gameel
02 Galabeety Baladi
03 Ahla Taheyya
04 Ya Wleyya
05 Esset Hanem
06 Habibet Alby
07 Ana W’Habibi
08 El Berencesa
09 Sehr Oyounha
11 Boogie Ya Baladi
12 Every Sumsing
14 Baladi Laziz
Dandon Studio, Giza Cairo by Yohanna Morris Eskander
Surround Sound Studio, Mohandesin, Cairoby Gerges Sobhy
Mixed At: MIMs 2 Studio, Finsbury Park,London. By: Chaz Dabat
Mastered at Close To The Edge Mastering Suite By: John Astley
Created & Produced by Hossam Ramzy, The Sultan Of Swing.
Mohsen Allam – Accordion
Abdallah Helmy – Kawala & Nay
Hamuso – Soprano Sax
Hazem Selim – Violin
Maged Askar – Quanun
Mohamed Saeed – Keyboards, Bass, Mizmar & Strings.
Yohanna Morris – Drum Programming
Chaz Dabat – Programming
Hossam Ramzy – All Percussion
This is YOUR album
This album was funded by you who pledged to pre-order your copies in advance of everyone else. I hereby thank you from the depths of my heart and acknowledge you all for your wonderful contribution. This album would not have seen daylight if it was not for your LOVE and belief in me and for your generosity and support. I want to thank you all for giving me the help and support to create this magical music for you.
“This album was a dream I had for years. I wanted to create a collection of Baladi compositions that a dancer can use in any performance, show, competition or in a workshop or class that she teaches. Like both my classical albums “FADDAH” & “RUBY” on the ARC Music Label where I was creating compositions that you can just hand over at any show and choose to dance any of the songs, and you will find yourself dancing to one of the very best classical compositions.
This album, “EL BERENCESA”, “The Princess” achieved the same status for any Baladi performances.
For years, I have been studying and perfecting the art of teaching how to dance the BALADI, even when most “belly dance teachers” worldwide had never even heard of it. Baladi is a magnificent form of art on which I have written many articles such as “Zeinab”. Please feel free to read and study it carefully. I will be very happy to advise you and guide you about the art of BALADI in lessons, classes and workshops.
The music we composed and recorded in “EL BERENCESA” depicts and portrays the inner heart and inner soul of the Egyptian woman and if you ask me, I feel the true femininity of the Egyptian ladies who are beautiful, powerful and elegant and the creators of the future of our nation. This album was created with YOU, the dancer in mind.
With lots of rhythm. Hossam Ramzy