Re: [mideastmusic-sf] New group organizer

From: Heather
Sent on: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 3:14 PM
Hi
I'm Heather and I have always been a part of the Middle Eastern and especially North African (Moroccan) culture.  I would love to be a part of this group. 
I agree with having a musician as a leader.  I think it would be great to also emphasize that it is for all levels of musical participation and all are welcome.


From: Muna AlSheikh <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, November 7,[masked]:48 PM
Subject: Re: [mideastmusic-sf] New group organizer

Hello everyone,

Thank you Yossi for stepping up to leading our group to a higher level. Your efforts and this chain of conversation are much appreciated. I look forward to our upcoming creativity!

I agree with the idea that it would be great to have musicians in the group which I am sure there are but we need to meet at some point and start having action and lots of fun. 

I am new in CA going for my PhD in the SF bay area, just moved to Santa Cruz. My participation would be in the form of singing and dancing. I lived most of my life in the Middle East and worships the classic Arabic music ESP for the giant singers like Um Kalthoum, Farid Al Atrash, Abdul Wahab, Abdul Haleem, Fairuz and others.

I also would like to invite the group to have a musical gathering in Santa Cruz , we could be playing our music, singing and dancing on the beach here. The area I live in  is so awe-inspiring and allows your senses to be and unfold.

Looking forward to our next meeting
Muna 



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On Nov 7, 2012, at 11:36 AM, Hala Dance <[address removed]> wrote:

Thank you very much Yossi for stepping up to keep our group alive!

I like your idea of having regular meetings to play music, share or participate in fun music events.

I'm a bellydance performer and teacher.  I host a weekly Middle Eastern music show on KKUP (91.5FM) every Monday 3-6pm and I have a dance studio in San Jose where we can meet if we so choose.
I sing Arabic songs and am learning to play the tabla (dumbek).  I'm originally from Egypt and have an extensive library of Arabic and Middle Eastern music that I love to share
I look forward to meeting more people from our group and share our passion for Middle Eastern music & culture!

Lots of love,
Hala


On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 8:01 AM, Yossi Chay <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello, Shalom, Ahlan members,
I've decided to step up and become the group organizer in order to keep the group alive.
During my last 4 years in the bay area I found that it's not easy to find fans of the beautiful middle-eastern music. This group has 422 members which is a great achievement and I couldn't let it dissolve.
One of the main items I'd like to drive is periodical meetings where we can get together to play music and enrich each other.
I'm not a musician and, by any means, not an expert but I'm playing the Oud for 10 years and during the first 6 years (before moving to San Francisco) I attended a group in Israel, led by Yair Dalal that plays and learn middle-eastern music. The group met every week for 3 amazing hours and, clearly, this is how I learned to love this music.
The meetings will be mainly for fun but it'll be nice to also have a musician as a professional leader.
I'd like you to share your thoughts and more ideas on how to make this group rock!
Thanks,
Yossi Chay




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