Arabian rhythms for electronic dance music
Here are some websites that have transcriptions of traditional non-Western drum rhythms, mostly of Arabian origin but a with a few other things in the mix too.
Most transcription systems are based on oral teaching systems; a low note (centre of a drum skin) is called something like dum and a high note (edge of a drum skin) is called tak or ka.
As most of these rhythms are from traditional forms of music that involved dancing, these beats are tried and tested rhythms and are a great basis for programming up dance grooves.. Try replacing dum strokes with a kick drum and tak and ka strokes with two different snares or different velocity hits on the same snare.
Jas’s Middle Easterm Rhythms
Kamuran’s Guide for Doumbek Players