Dawn Elder
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Dawn Elder
Dawn Elder has Americans joining Arabs to make music. It’s a potent blend. (Shay Peretz / For The Times)
Dawn Elder
Dawn Elder never forgot the night her father took her to hear a Lebanese diva. She wanted to make music as pure as that. (Shay Peretz / For The Times)
A.J. Racy | Oud player
A.J. Racy | Oud player
Born in Lebanon, Racy earned degrees in musicology at the University of Illinois and has been at UCLA since 1978. (Shay Peretz / For The Times)
Salar Nader | Tabla player
Salar Nader | Tabla player
An Afghani American, Nader performs all over the world, playing locally with DJ Cheb i Sabbah. (Shay Peretz / For The Times)
Adam Basma | Choreographer
Adam Basma | Choreographer
An award-winning dancer, director and instructor, Basma, who was born in Beirut, owns a Middle Eastern dance studio in L.A. (Shay Peretz / For The Times)
Gamal Gomaa | Percussion player
Gamal Gomaa | Percussion player
The Egyptian-born Gomaa specializes in North African and Arabic percussion instruments. (Shay Peretz / For The Times)
Dawn Elder
Dawn Elder steered clear of the belly dance scene in favor of traditional groups such as the Taal Dance Company, led by Neera Chanani. (Shay Peretz / For The Times)
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