Sunday, November 12, 2006

Episode 3 -- Latin flair

(This episode is 24 minutes long, 22MB.)
Click here to listen.

Playlist for this episode --
Behind the voice track: Wisemen by Brothers of the Baladi from their CD "Presence of the Past"

Warm-up and isolations:
Silk Route by Satya
Opening Windows by the Maido Project. (You can buy their music on iTunes!) [Sorry, no weblink available]

This episode's Latin-flavored bellydance improv music:
Come Away - Flamenco Passion Mix by Isaac Angel
Romany Dance by Hellozero

And the cool-down tune is
Inertia by Bitstream Dream

"Wisemen" used by permission of the artist. All other tunes were obtained from the Podsafe Music Network.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

getting regular

Thank you for the nice comments! There must be some commonality in bellydance and knitting that we might discover as time goes on.

If you look at the release dates of the first two episodes, you see they're ... well, not exactly "regularly scheduled." I have promised myself in the last week or so to establish a Raqs Radio schedule and stick to it. And the second weekend each month seems do-able. So, look for Raqs Radio episodes to appear the second weekend of each month, starting in November.

Thank you for listening!
(soon to perform with the dance name Suya!)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

You can subscribe through iTunes now! (In a perfect world, this would be on a sidebar but I can't figure out how to do that...)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Episode two - Shimmy Special

(This episode is just under 35 minutes long.)
Click here to listen.
Important note -- if you buy directly from the musicians, they get 100% of what you're paying for the music. Wherever possible, the Raqs Radio website links go direct to the musicians.

Playlist for this episode:

Background to introduction: "Advent" by Solace from their CD titled "The Kabila Project."
Solace's music can be purchased directly from them through the Eventide Music Productions website.

First "isolation" piece: "Mushroom Belly" by Kevin Christensen from his CD titled "Portion of space." Purchase Kevin's music directly from him at his MoonSounds website.

Second "isolation" piece: "Addicted to Oil" by Mr. Tunes. Purchase Mr. Tunes music through BroadJam.

Shimmy number one: "Mr. Mahalo Head" by Brent Lewis from his CD titled "The Primitive Truth." Purchase direct from Brent Lewis.

Shimmy number two: "Fingers" by Ruben van Rompaey from his CD titled Eastern Expressions 2. Ruben is part of Solace; his music is available through Eventide Music Productions.

Cool-down one: "Environ" by e-sin. Best I can do for helping you find this song online is linking to the Podsafe Music Network.

Cool-down two (meditation music): "The Sacred Garden" by Kparx. Again, a link to the Podsafe Music Network is the best I can do.

Sort of a side note: I am well aware that the voice track portions of Raqs Radio seem to have lots of static. As far as I can tell, there's a problem with the USB ports on my laptop. I hope to upgrade machines sometime in the next year; in the meantime, I'm not sure I can do a whole lot to correct the situation. I really don't like the sound of it and that is in part why it's taken so long to get this second episode produced. I appreciate your patience with this technical problem and I hope you can do your best to ignore it and enjoy the music (which, fortunately, does come through clear and crisp).

Also -- Raqs Radio has been submitted to iTunes. Soon you'll be able to subscribe through iTunes.

Thanks for listening!
Shimmies and sparkles,

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Still workin' on it

Hi Dancers,
Everything I can think of to say sounds like an excuse. I'll just say that the shimmy special episode is in production, and it should be available here in a few days, and on iTunes shortly after that.
Thanks for your patience!
(Meanwhile, scroll down and listen to the first episode if you haven't already....)

Shimmies and sparkles,

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New Episode (Shimmy Special!) soon

Above is the new logo for Raqs Radio. In the next day or two, I'll put together the second episode of Raqs Radio and submit RR to iTunes.

Since shimmies are one of the (many) bellydance skills I want to improve, I'm putting together an episode with music that screams "Shimmy, Girl!"

If you liked the piece from the first episode called Galatasaray by the Maido Project, I have good news. Their music can now be purchased on iTunes in the states.

Monday, June 12, 2006

First episode!

The first episode of Raqs Radio is now available.
To listen Click on this link.

The music, with links to the websites of the musicians:

The background music to my introductory remarks is:
"Wilderness Dance" by DJ Squirrel King.
(I chose it after I recorded the voice track, so I was unable to include it in the podcast.) Obtained from the podsafe music network (PMN)

Warm-up/isolation music:

"Shaman" by Colie Brice. From PMN

"Galatasaray" by The Maido Project. From PMN

Bellydance improv music:

"Raqs Leyla" by Brothers of the Baladi, from their CD titled "Presence of the Past." Used by permission of the musicians.

"Khatar" by Solace, from their CD titled "Ahsas." Used by permission of the musicians.

Cool down:

"Flight of the Diplasiocoela" by Bitstream Dream. From PMN

A note about subscribing -- the feed url is

It appears to function, but I am not going to submit it to iTunes until I have a good graphic -- should be in a few days. Meanwhile, you can use the feed link above to subscribe in iTunes by choosing the "Advanced" menu, then "Subscribe to podcast."

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Getting Closer

I aim to create the first episode of Raqs Radio this weekend -- June 10-11, 2006 -- and upload it to the internet Monday or Tuesday, June 12th or 13th. Given that there are always unexpected glitches that take time to work out, I think it's safe to say the first episode will be available via the website the weekend of June 17-18, and in iTunes a few days after that.

Part of the delay is that I've wanted the first episode to be an introduction to me, and an introduction to what to expect from Raqs Radio. However, my aim is that most episodes will be something you can "dance out" to (as opposed to "work out" to) -- a few minutes of music appropriate to stretches and isolations, followed by a couple of pieces appropriate for improvisational bellydance, followed by a few minutes of music to do cooling stretches. So, I've decided to make the first episode in that mold.

Shimmies and sparkles,

Friday, April 14, 2006

Welcome to Raqs Radio

Hello and welcome to the blog that accompanies a forthcoming podcast named Raqs Radio. Bringing Middle Eastern and other great music from independent musicians straight to your ears and your belly.

When an episode is produced, you can look here for information about the musicians and links to their websites. Right now, I'm just looking for musicians willing to let me play their music. If you're a musician that performs music for Middle Eastern dance (aka Bellydance, aka Oriental dance, aka Earth Dance . . .), add a comment!

If you'd rather send a message you don't want the whole world to read, email me at

Shimmies and sparkles,