Khalil Abboud, Arabic vocal artist from Lebanon, has been moving audiences with his voice for over three decades. Khalil has made singing appearances in Kuwait, Damascus, Paris, London and various locations in the USA and Canada. In 1979, he moved to San Francisco and since then has sung at well known nightclubs and fine restaurants, including The Casbah, Sheherezad, Royal Morocco, El Sultan, and Al Pasha. In Cairo, Egypt, Khalil met with some of Egypt's top composers and musicians, including Hassan abou el Seoud, a top composer of hit songs for top singing artists all over the Middle East. Khalil introduced Leyla Lanty to Hassan abou el Seoud, who then composed for her "Leyla's Music", a belly dance piece (track 3).
Leyla Lanty captures the essence of Egyptian style, combining movement, melody, and meaning, delighting audiences both Arab and American with her Danse Orientale, Cane Dance, and Egyptian Folkloric Dance.
Born in the USA, Leyla fell in love with Arabic dance and music in the 1970s. She has since dedicated her time and talents to studying, performing, and teaching Raqs Sharqi. In 1978, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and has performed and taught there ever since. During that time she has studied with the best dance artists, both Arab and American, in the USA and in Cairo, Egypt. She has learned to speak and sing in Arabic. She also plays finger cymbals in an Arabic music ensemble. In annual study trips to Cairo, she expands her repertoire, studying Danse Orientale and Folkloric Dance. In 2006 she was invited to join the staff of the annual "Ahlan Wa Sahlan" festival in Cairo, Egypt, at which she teaches dancers how to play finger cymbals while dancing.