Oriental pop

The development of oriental pop is closely linked to the history of Arabic music. Until 1950 Arabic music remained authentic and traditional although it was highly influenced by Turkish, Persian and central Asian music styles. In 1960 Arabic music began to open up to western classical music as can be clearly seen in the songs of the well known Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez(1929-1977).I   the 70s Egyptian pop music was born – a new music style similar to western pop music began to dominate the music scene. Faster rhythms and faster melodies were the notable features of this style.
One of the pioneers in Arabic pop music was Dalida, who was closely followed by the new generation of oriental pop stars, such as Amr Diab or the pop/baladi singer, Ahmed Adawia. Equally as important is Rai music from north Africa, which had its high point in the 80s, its influence being felt throughout the Arab world.
Oriental dance has adapted itself to this new music style resulting in innovative and varied step combinations in classical oriental dance as well as rapid and expressive postures. This explosive music and beat appeals not only to a young public, rather it has become popular with the masses throughout the oriental world.

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