1. Amani and the Badawist (Bassem Yazbek) -- 3 volumes of Raqs Sharqi music (the so-called red, blue, and gold albums)
2. Jalilah's Raqs Sharqi series. Last one, Lebanese music is FAB! The first one, Amar 14 is great.
3. Bellydance Superstars volume 1 and 2 (the others are all pop music)
4. Beata and Horacio Cifuentes "Oriental Fantasy" Cds. All good.
For old-school American Cabaret, try Eddie Kochak (he has like 12 CDs - they're all good)
For Turkish oriental, anything with "Oyoun Havalari" in the title or description is usually pretty good. Some of the Arc Records CDs for Turkey are good; some are weird. For Romani music, I can't guide you because everything I have is either from instructor compilations or CDS brought back from Turkey with no way to get them here.
I also like Hossam Ramzy sometimes (he's an acquired taste) and I like it when Tribal dancers dance to his music.
I recommend Hollywood Music Center and Maqam.com online for buying/trying cds.
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