“Shabazi” Video + Single out now!

Last summer I had the great pleasure of collaborating with two incredible artists – belly dancer Elena Nayiri and filmmaker Maxwell Enrique Bahamón. Working together we conceptualized and produced this video to “Shabazi” – one of my compositions from the upcoming TELAVANA album. Apart from being a great belly dancer, Elena is also proficient in various Cuban dance styles, which is evident in the duet scene with  our special guest singer-dancer Chino Ponz. I feel very fortunate to have found someone who, like me, is fascinated with both middle-eastern and Caribbean modes of expression and is also a really fun person to work with. I met the filmmaker, Maxwell, during the video shoot for “Timbalaye” by Los Hacheros and I really love his cinematographic style, imagination and attitude. This is my first attempt at a music video and there are so many people I need to thank for participating – Belly dancers Susana Nieto and Pamela Rose, Benny Oyama for hosting us on his rooftop, all of our lovely extras who came to dance on the rooftop for the party scene, Malaya De Jesus for the sumptuous buffet, the band members and many more…

Here are the links to the single track on spotify and itunes





and here’s the video. Enjoy!

P.S. stay tuned, there are some live music + belly dance performances coming up!