Maybe I’m behind the times. I admit I don’t know the latest top 40 songs. I will also admit to not being much into rap, r’n’b and hip hop music (though some of it is totally cool and catchy).
I was at the gym (yes, I like to work out as it makes me a better, stronger dancer) and MTV started playing a song. I didn’t take much notice at first, I was watching the other screens with subtitles, but something caught my eye. It was a girl gyrating around a black guy wearing what looked like a sparkly bikini with a hip scarf. I did a double take, then thought, well maybe it’s just for show. No.
This dancer from Akon's Bananza (belly dancer) video clip seems to forgotten her skirt, or to learn how to belly dance!
She did a little wiggle with her hips (not belly dance or raqs sharqi!) and then a bit more wiggling and jiggling,a nd then a whole group of scantily clad “ladies” all wearing underwear and hip scarves (note the absence of a skirt!!!??!!) starting thrusting their hips, and I thought “No, please let it not be so!”, then the title of the song flashed up “Bananza (belly dancer) by Akon. The video got worse. I couldn’t hear the lyrics, so I was unsure how it all was supposed to relate to belly dancing. So I wrote down the details and waited until I got home and looked it up.
Well, the only connection with a belly dancer is in the lyrics “Don’t be shy girl, go bananza, shake ya body like a belly dancer.” I then found out this song came out in 2005, so I apologise for my belated shock. I mean really???????
1. no belly dancer would forget her skirt
2. those girls were not shaking their bodies “like a belly dancer”
3. Bananza to rhyme with dancer. The word is Bonanza and the expression is Go Bananas.
You spend years and YEARS studying, practicing, being an embassador to your dance, making sure you teach and project the right image and keep it classy, then some lazy guy who doesn’t know how to rhyme (you should see the rest of the lyrics, it’s just sad) says “hey I know how to see a few records, let’s use belly dancer in the title! (Or something along those lines but with less correct grammar.)
I will end my rant now. I promise. Jeez Louise! Give us a break!