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ASPECTS OF THE DANCE..........
Words and Terms
OUD - An 11-stringed instrument with a round back without frets. Commonly played in city cabarets and not in villages. It produces soulful, almost human sounds.
SAZ - A Turkish stringed insrument, similar to the bazooki, with a round back, long skinny neck and quarter-tone fretting. Seven or nine strings - a village instrument.
TAMBOURINE - Percussion instrument consisting of a wooden ring affixed with metal cymbals. Played by gypsies throughout Middle East and Mediterranean. Often played by a member of the audience.
TAXIM - Arabic for improvisation. Inspires intense and dramatically prolonged dance movements.
TCHEFTETELLI - Generally a slow, basic four count rhythm that may speed up, if the band feels the need to do so.
YALA - Arabic - means "come on!", as in ole! or opa!
YASU - Greek for "yes". Often called out as a tribute to a dancer.
ZAGHAREET - A shrill warble as a reaction to music and dancing.
ZILLS - Ethnic term for finger cymbals.