Holly's Henna Music
maintained by Roy Jones, music@hennapage.com
"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument."
Jalal al-Din Rumi

what music would you like today?

Holly's Favorites
Holly Pagnacco, of "Henna by Holly" was the first to respond to the call for your personal music playlists. Here is Holly's "high five."

Irshad Khan "Awakenings"
What do you get when you blend classical Indian sitar, surbahar (bass sitar) and tabla with world beats? You get this album! A wonderful instrumental CD (there are some vocals in 'Power of Grace'). There are only 5 diverse tracks on this CD, averaging around 10 minutes in length each, but it is soooo worth it! I play this in the background of my appointments, parties and while teaching at workshops.

Nawal el Zoghby "Ellitmane Toh"
Nawal el Zoghby is A-MA-ZING! She's a famous Lebanese pop star; her voice is enchanting and she is dropdead gorgeous! I play this not just at henna appointments, parties & practise-time in my workshops but also in the car, in my portable CD player and at home too! Be forewarned: It gets your toes tappin'... and your clients! I also love her other CD which isn't on Amazon. It has latin & salsa undertones. I bought it here: http://www.arabiannights.ca/music.html

"Asian Groove" (Putumayo World Music)
This is a fun CD! The songs have a definite Western-influence, using lyrics and riffs from artists such as Destiny's Child. It works very well at parties -- even though it's not in English (well, most of it) it blends well with other dance/hiphop party music. Teens LOVE this CD!

Zakir Hussain "Essence of Rhythm"
A fantastic CD of classical Indian tabla. It is entirely instrumental and works great as background music. It's very relaxed and mellow. I recommend all of Zakir Hussain's CDs -- they are remarkable! More info on Zakir Hussain: http://www.momentrecords.com/zakir.html

Taha / Khaled / Faudel "1,2,3 Soleils"
A high-energy live concert recording with these three are legendary singers from Algeria. The style of music is called "Rai" (pronounced like the drink "rye"): http://menic.utexas.edu/menic/rai/ I love listening to this album during a long appointment or the practise-time at the end of a workshop.

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