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Valentine’s Day Gift for Boyfriend – Perfect Gift for $30 or Less

by Majnuun Music & Dance on January 30, 2014, no comments

I love gift giving. I feel it is a special time when I can think ONLY about the person that I am giving a gift to. This makes me feel good to think that I am being a good friend, girlfriend, daughter or whatever my relationship is with the person because I am showing my […]

Bayat e Tork – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on January 24, 2014, no comments

In Persian music, Bayat e Tork is the next sub-dastgah after Abu Ata. Bayat e Tork is very different in feeling from the mother Dastgah Shur which it belongs to. Bayat e Tork can be treated as an independent Dastgah as you will see it differs a lot in melody and quality from Shur, and […]

Best Black Eyeliner for Dancers

by Majnuun Music & Dance on January 16, 2014, 2 comments

My eyes are so-called “Asian eyes” – small, flat and rather narrow, so I need to define my eye shape with make-up, in order for it to be visible from distance. Even on a regular day, when I go to work or run errands, I must at least wear eyeliner, or I feel like I am […]

Avaz-e Abu Ata – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on January 13, 2014, no comments

In Persian music, we have Dastgah, but we also have what I like to call sub-dastgah. As we have dealt with Dastgah Shur already in this article. It is logical to keep in that vein now and discuss the offshoots of Shur, or the sub-dastgah of Dastgah Shur. We will now deal with Avaz-e Abu […]

Dastgah Shur – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on December 28, 2013, no comments

If we want to adequately learn Persian music and the traditional Radif, learning Dastgah Shur is of fundamental importance. Shur is at the beginning of the Radif. Radif, as we have discussed means order, or line. Shur is one of the most common Dastgah you will hear in Iran. It is sometimes the first scale […]

How an Amateur Dancer Became a Shimmy Mob flash mob Choreographer

by Majnuun Music & Dance on December 20, 2013, no comments

On December 4, 2013. I was working away on my computer at home, and I received a call from a number I did not recognize. “Hello?” “Hi, it’s Sabeya. How are you doing?”   Right. Sabeya did ask for my phone number by email. She had had problems with the video files I sent to […]

Dastgah Homayoun & Esfahan – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on December 10, 2013, 2 comments

  In continuing our discussion about Persian Dastgah system and Radif, I will now discuss the next “scale” that is most familiar to Western ears. This is our equivalent to any harmonic minor scale, except with the ABSENCE of equal temperament and the ADDITION of a few quartertones.   In the last article, I discussed […]

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Belly Dancers

by Majnuun Music & Dance on December 6, 2013, no comments

Don’t know what to get for your wife, girlfriend, friend, mother, sister, cousin, or neighbour who is a belly dancer this Christmas? Here are some holiday gift ideas that your dancing friends would really appreciate. These gifts for dancers come in different price ranges, and these would be perfect not only for Christmas but for […]

Dastgah Mahur – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on December 2, 2013, no comments

Back to Persian music and the Persian musical tradition called the “Radif”. I want to begin by introducing you to a Persian Dastgah called Mahur. Mahur sounds very familiar to Western ears because it includes a theme that is almost exactly the Western major scale BUT with the ABSENCE of equal temperament.

What Makes You Want to Dance?

by Majnuun Music & Dance on November 30, 2013, no comments

Every artist has inspirations, ones that makes them excited and want to start creating their own art work. Being a duckling of a professional dancer – a Japanese expression for a person aspiring to become something – I always find it interesting to learn what inspires dancers, musicians, painters, writers, and anyone who does creative […]