When the Musician Connects to the Dance

I had the fortunate opportunity to both interview and take a drumming workshop from Karim Nagi at Cairo Caravan in June.  Having primarily learned Doumbek (Arabic hand drum) through DVD and by following along with other drummers, I had learned many rhythms simply by the pattern and the general pace, without any connection to dances … Read more

Of Dancers and Drummers

Issam and Alia On August 14, 2011 Issam Houshan taught a free drum workshop at the Housewarming party for Los Angeles Bellydance Academy.  Having studied doumbek (Middle Eastern drum) for 2 years, I made sure to be there.  Issam is famous for being the main drummer for Bellydance Superstars, but he has also played for … Read more