There are at least five artists that go by the name Arabesque.
1) A German disco group,
2) A hip hop artist from Toronto, Ontario
3) A Dutch prog-metal band
4) A Siesta Records indie pop band lead by Keith Girdler and Paul Stewart, former members of Sarah Records band Blueboy (changing into Beaumont),
5) A traditional arabian group.
1) Arabesque was a famous German disco music group formed in 1977, consisting of Sandra Cretu (joined the group in 1979), Jasmin Vetter, and Michaela Rose. After a split in 1984 Jasmin Vetter and Michaela Rose continued as the group “Rouge”, while Sandra Cretu started her career in the group Sandra with Michael Cretu.
Arabesque was popular in Japan, selling more than 6 million albums there. They also had success in the USSR. In 1980 the single “Take Me Don’t Break Me” became a hit, which only scraped the German Top 40. Their next single, “Marigot Bay”, would become their single Top Ten hit a few weeks later. Their last singles “Ecstasy” and “Time to Say Goodbye”, turned hits after their split, on various central, south and east European countries, because they sounded very close to the “Italo-disco” sound, a very popular music genre of the European Discotheques at that time. Those songs spread and gained success through LP compilations of dance/pop music and bootleg tapes, so the group never could take advantage of this success neither those songs turn on any kind of charts as “singles”. That was a common problem for many ’80s European artists. The last Arabesque singles introduced the “Italo-disco” sound to Japan, under the term “eurobeat”, previously used in the UK for the Stock Aitken Waterman productions. That soon lead to Japan’s Super Eurobeat music style.
On December 16, 2006 Arabesque (featuring Michaela Rose and two new members Sabine Kaemper and Silke Brauner) headlined the second Retro FM festival in Moscow.
2) “One of hip hop’s most talked about artists, Besque continues to intrigue Music’s biggest names. Signing with UK based label Sin Nombre with distro via Universal, “The Frenzy Of Renown” was released with glowing reviews. He was nominated Rap Recording of the Year at the 2007 Juno Awards, hosted by Nelly Furtado. International press in various publications, also landing him in a meet and greet with The Source Magazine staff in New York. Fall of 2007 Arabesque graced his first cover of an international magazine with NOX, the leading and most admired English speaking Mid East publication. A slew of global 12 inch singles with a wide-reach across campus radio charts. As well earning himself sponsorship’s from L-R-G and Scifen Clothing. Arabesque has opened up for artists such as Wu-tang’s Raekwon, Little Brother, Zion I, Dilated Peoples and Sean Paul.”
3) Arabesque is a Dutch powerhouse trio from the mid nineties.
They produce an interesting music pure mixture of rock, fusion and progressive elements.
But they has two female singers in his second album “The Union” (2002), very different from his debut album, “Beyond the veil”, 8 years before. Though could be qualified as prog-metal is easier to listen to than other bands if you’re not into that music style. A “lighter” Dream Theater…?