“He who does not dance in remembrance of the Friend has no friend” the prophet teaches. For thousands of years, the dervishes of the Middle East have been slowly twirling in the beautiful spinning dance that celebrates their love of the divine friend. Ozel Turkbas, who brought belly dancing to the United States in the early 60s’ was Turkey’s foremost belly dancer and international teacher a belly dancing. In KISMET, she has expanded her dazzling musical repertoire to explore the mystical sounds of Turkish dervish music. The collaborators in this experiment are Turkish musicians of the highest caliber the featured instrumentalists are Aka Gunduz, the ney player, whose international reputation as Turkey’s finest classical musician is unchallenged. His instrument, the ney, is the reed flute with a haunting sound. Combined with some of Turkey’s best love bellydancing melodies KISMET offers the connoisseur a rare listening experience.
This CD offers something even more extraordinary; a type of music that entices the belly dancer within you. 2000 years of satisfied – even rhapsodic – dervishes dancing to this heavenly ethereal music have provided a continuum of delight that ensures your performance will be as thrilling as it will be historic.
Because this is an Ozel Turkbas recording, you will recognize the qualities that have made hers the most popular albums in bellydancing. Authenticity and clarity of sound had been staples of Ozel’s music and are displayed here at a new level of art. To these, she now adds the mystical quality that only dervish music can offer. The world of the fine carpet meets the exotic dancer here in KISMET. It is your destiny to experience it.
1. Ozel’s Dance Routine
2. Horses of my Carriage Giddap Giddap (Arabamin Atlan Deh…Karshilama)
3. Nihavent Sirto
4. My Mouth is so Dry, Can’t Beg You Anymore (Farfara)
5. Telegramme Wires (Telgrafin Tellerine)
6. My Sugar Boy (Seker Oglan)
7. Hala (Folk Dance from Eastern Turkey)
8. Wheat and Barley (Arpada Bigdav)
9. Oud Improvisation Double String (Ut Ile Ciftetelli Taksim by Faik Dramali)
10. Karshilama Taksim