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Department of Music

Middle East Ensemble

This percussion group utilizes instruments and techniques originating from the Middle–East. These instruments are most commonly used in practice to accompany and provide inspiration for Belly Dancers!

The Instruments

  • Arabic Zils
  • Doumbeks
  • Bodhrans
  • Muzhars
  • Riqs
  • Various Frame Drums
  • Chimtas (Jingle Stick)
  • Cimbalom
  • Tambura
  • Various Shakers & Rattles

The Rhythms and Variations

  • Beledi
  • Taxim
  • Kahslimah
  • Masmoudi
  • Zar Trance Dance
  • Sword Dance
  • Arabic
  • Moroccan