So you are sitting in a Hookah Lounge in some part of the Middle East with newly made friends or acquaintances. As chance would have it, some way or the other, the discussion turns to Arab culture, not just Dubai, not just Lebanon, not just Egypt, not just Yemen, butthe Arabic world as a whole.
Now, there are endless possibilities as to which such a discussion may take a turn to. For starters, you could talk about the weather (boring, right!) or the food or perhaps even politics (huhhh!). Then again, you may kick start the fun talking about Arab Entertainment and chances are that it will be a long time before you get to finish your evening at an appropriate hour, period!
Flavors of Arab World
So since the subject is Arab entertainment, you and your friends may start unraveling a previously prepared series of suggestions, which you may not even have known existed in the back of your mind. For starters, someone will inevitably put forward the Arabian Nights. No matter where you grew up, you will know characters like Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali Baba and his forty thieves.
Then again, the discussion may quickly turn toward belly dancing and its popularity throughout the world. Someone or the other may definitely come with stories about famous belly dancers and their outstanding contribution to the world of dance. In fact, there are 9 out of 10 chances that there will be a health freak in your group who will nod approvingly and speak about the health benefits of belly dancing and other Arabian dance form workouts that have been specially designed to develop hips and cut tummy fat.
Inevitably, the discussion will turn to the music of Arabia.
Tracing the Music of Arabia
There is a good chance that someone in your group will be familiar with current Arab Singers who are creating waves all over the world. There is also a pretty good chance that someone will steer the discussion toward the history of Arabic music.
Tracing the same will show that a definite history is quite hard to come up with. However, what you will probably find is how ancient Persian music has influenced modern Arabic music, with generous help from Persian music and of course the music of the Byzantines.
Ladies and Arts
Interestingly enough, the spontaneous discussion will somewhere or the other also turn toward the Arab women. If you follow Arabic Events closely enough, you may notice something. Perhaps the fact that the most sensationalArab Music Artiststrending the charts are women!
Steering clear of heavy discussions that may bring religion and women into the same sentence, you may instead come up with names. For example, Maya Diab, Myriam Fares or Haifa Wehbe. You could also mention Cyrine Abdel Nour or even Arwa Gouda and the fact will remain that these ladies are talented in more than one area.
For one, most of them are renowned musicians, young, can dance, can act, take up modeling assignments and have even participated in beauty pageants, thus ending (or starting) the evening.
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