Namaste and Wai

Kind of a cool photo of Carenza and me after our set at the Burlesque Benefit show (Punk Rock Night, the Melody Inn, 10-14-2006).  She is doing, what some belly dancers have adopted from India, the Namaste gesture. And though what I’m doing looks similar, I’m Thai, and in Thailand we do a similar greeting called Wai.

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Carenza bint Asia and Jon Silpayamanant giving each other "high wai's"

the rest of the photos from our set begins on this page (photo 597):
http://www.punkrocknight.com/gallery/album264?page=43

Of course, this came at the end of a set that consisted of one Bulgarian dance (Graovsko horo), one Albanian folk song that I sang (Ani Mori Nuse), two of our (il Troubadore) original pieces that we play for belly dancers: Sands – which is an Arabic/Indian fusion piece; and Sensitive which is an Egyptian styled ballad, one Bhangra Techno tune that we sing in Punjabi (Daler Menhdi’s Tunak Tunak), and on Columbian pop song that we sing in Spanish and Arabic (Shakira’s Ojos Asi). We like to cram in as many cultures into a set as possible, eh? 😛

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