Remember those old LPs in your parents' (or your!) record collection - the ones promising"exotic adventures in far-off lands" and featuring sexy harem girls in skimpy costumes entertaining smiling, hooka-smoking sultans? Perhaps you were never able to get past those harem girls (for one reason or another!)... If not, you may be surprised to learn that you missed out on some pretty great music! Of course,if you did get around to actually listening to the records, you already know how great they were! The late 1950s through the early 1980s were the golden age of popular recordings of Middle Eastern/Oriental dance (that's "belly dance") music.

My name is Marisa, and I'm a belly dance fan and sometime student (American Tribal Style and Tribal Fusion are my favorites) living in Portland, Oregon, USA. Radio Bastet was born in the spring of 2002 at, and now has its own home here on the World Wide Web.

Here you will find podcasts of my favorite cuts from my ever-growing collection of golden age belly dance vinyl LPs in a radio-show format, compiled for your listening and dancing enjoyment. I hope you will find Radio Bastet informative and entertaining! Thank you so much for joining me in this celebration of vintage belly dance music! Now - Let's dance! Yalla!


Click here to go to the podcast blog page, where you can download each podcast. The podcasts are also available through iTunes and various podcast directories such as PodcastPickle, AudioWeblogs, Odeo, PodcastAlley, PodcastsYahoo and FeedBurner.

If you don't have an iPod or other mobile .mp3 player, please don't panic! You can still stream the programs. Just left-click the gray "POD" graphic at the top of the playlist, or the "Direct Download" link at the bottom of the playlist, and the program will play directly from your browser. You may also use the "Direct Download" link to download the programs directly onto your hard drive; from there you may burn them onto a CD for your own personal use (but please don't sell them!!).

Each program is approximately one hour 10 minutes in length. All tracks, with the occasional rare exception, are created from the original vinyl; some surface noise is inevitable. I do think a little snapcracklepop just adds to the overall retro charm, don't you? Please forgive my rather lame spoken intros and closings; I am not by any stretch of the imagination a professional broadcaster!


Email me!
webmaven@radiobastet dot com

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