What's your favorite Dabke song?

topic posted Wed, June 30, 2004 - 1:59 PM by  JimBoz
Anyone have a suggestion?
is it more appropriate for a party or a restaurant or stage?
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  • Re: What's your favorite Dabke song?

    Tue, July 6, 2004 - 3:36 PM
    hi Jeeem,
    Dabke is predomiantly a party favorite. Not really something one person would perform on a stage. Would be appropriate to use if you wanted to start a group dance in a restaurant, but you would need "plants" or people in your troupe to get up and motivate others to do it. It's something everyone in Lebanon just knows. Very similar to the current country line dancing craze here except people touch in dabke. Ooooh! ;) Kind of boring for a stage performance unless you are REALLY good and can get into the jumps and such.
    My beau has a great cd but I don't know the name of it. I'll let you know if I can find out.
    ~sick in Sacramento (too damn hot here!)
    • Re: What's your favorite Dabke song?

      Tue, July 6, 2004 - 3:43 PM
      Thanks for the info, but I'm familiar with origin and presentation. I was merely trying to start a discussion.

      There are times that dabke is performed on stage by folkloric dance troupes. "Staged" dabke is more stylized than what you'd find at a party.

      It's not boring if you see it onstage done by people (such as Hassan Harfouche) who are familiar with presenting it in such an environment. As such, your music selections will differ from that which you might play at a party or restaurant.

      And further: dabke is found in places other than Lebanon. :)
      • Re: What's your favorite Dabke song?

        Tue, July 6, 2004 - 3:57 PM
        Well, geez! Then why'dya ask? hee hee
        I merely know what I've seen and heard about in Lebanon. I was also thinking of your troupe and stage performances like at Rakassah. Couldn't imagine dabke at that level.
        True, dabke is in other countries as well, though I hear it is based on "Lebanese" origins. Before WWI, when the boundaries in the ME were much more soft, I suppose the country of origin didn't matter much!
        I could see Habhi'ru presenting a stage dabke successfully. Can't say I know Hassan H. Sorry, love.
        Personally, the dabke I saw in Lebanon performed by the average joe/jane was very entertaining and beautiful to watch. But I like the "folk/traditional" styles.
        ~me :)
        • Re: What's your favorite Dabke song?

          Wed, July 7, 2004 - 3:23 PM
          I heard it's all pretty Levantine but varies from region to region. Even different villages may have different steps, ect. So...Syrian debke would be different from Lebanese, Jordanian, Palestinian... But, are we sure it originated in Lebanon? Just asking...

          Also..."debke" or "dabke". Recently I've been seeing "dabke" more, but used to see "debke" more often. Go figure.
          • Re: What's your favorite Dabke song?

            Wed, July 7, 2004 - 5:04 PM
            Arabic has a perfectly good alphabet of its opwn, and there is one correct way to spell it in Arabic, but that doesn't help us poor american chix!

            I think the best English spelling I have seen is "dabkeh"

            Adam Basma,a Lebanese dancer is very insistent on it ending with an e rather than an a (although sometimes his graphic designers make their own choices when doing flyers) and a lot of arabs are also pretty punctilious about pronouncing the ending H. varies by dialect, I would suppose.
            • Re: What's your favorite Dabke song?

              Thu, July 8, 2004 - 7:45 AM
              Nah...I'm too American and too much of an English speaker to get Arabic. I hear an "h"...but which letter in Arabic is that? They have three different "h" sounds. Bah! And so on...very interesting language and I love, love, love the sound and look of it. Perhaps one of these days I'll attempt another Arabic class...
              • Re: What's your favorite Dabke song?

                Thu, July 8, 2004 - 7:46 AM
                P.S.- also I find it very interesting that the same word in Arabic is pronounced differently in different regions. Different vowel sounds completely here and there. Some regions a certain word would be pronounced with an "a" in others the same word is pronounced with a "u" sound...or whatever. I guess that's the curse of an old language that spread over such a vast area. Kinda cool though...
  • Re: What's your favorite Dabke song?

    Tue, November 9, 2004 - 3:43 PM
    Ok, I am currently addicted to Rouwayda Attieh. Her song Min Nazra is painfully catchy! She has some other fun dabke songs on that album as well.

    Not a great recording but I also got a free copy of Bellydance Nightclub. It features the lovely Zaheea on the cover (I took the picture!), and some very popular nightclub songs. Live vocals tracks. Some great dabke songs! For performance though, I tend to like the more traditional instrumentals from track 13 on.

    Just my thoughts.....