An authentic belly dance album!
"My trip to the Gambia in early 2007 kick started a chain of events which ultimately resulted in the release of this album..
Funded by the UK arts council the trip was a songwriter's cultural exchange allowing a variety of British based musicians to live and work closely with musicians and performers from the Wollof, Jola, Mandinka and Karandinka tribes.
The result of these collaborations became the ongoing XamXam project
By Christmas 2007, I found myself in San Francisco getting to know the tribal belly dancing culture, (American Tribal Style in particular) At this point the album became more centered around music suitable for this type of performance,
Carolina Nericcio (Founder member of dance troupe Fat Chance Belly Dance and inventor of ATS) in particular proved invaluable in guiding me towards a suitable style". - Phil Thornton
Audio samples and Singles