TheCaroVan YouTube channel

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TheCaroVan’s YouTube channel is no more.  The channel featured short clips of bellydancers from the Middle East and occasionally singers, usually in scenes or clips taken from old Egyptian and Lebanese movies some as far back as the 1930s.  Full movies were never uploaded.
TheCaroVan YouTube account has been terminated after receiving copyright demands from companies and copyright organisations who claimed the ownership of some of the clips and/or the accompanying music.  While some of the claims were from entities who, after a minimal amount of research proved to be non-existent, some claims and organisations were legitimate and if you were a regular visitor to TheCaroVan you would have noticed that in the past, clips has been removed in compliance.
In the end, TheCarovan account was terminated due to a take-down notice by a company in France who claims to own the copyright to the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Sigarah wa Kas’ (A Glass and a Cigarette) which features dancing by Samia Gamal.  Interestingly enough there is at least one other company who claims to own the worldwide copyright of this same movie.
I removed the offending clip yesterday, immediately on receiving the notice, but that wasn’t good enough apparently and the account has been terminated.  As a result the channel and its research and information that more than 6,000,000 viewers had accessed, is now lost.
So, long story short, TheCaroVan is no more and I am now ‘An individual whose account has been closed [is] prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube account.’
Ah well, as someone who lives in the Middle East, as you can imagine, we have one or two other things to worry about at the moment…..

Nagwa Fouad نجوى فؤاد‎

Egyptian bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad in a scene with Said Saleh from ‘Al Sa’louk wa al hanem’ (The Pauper and the Ladies).  The film tells the story of a drug dealer who focuses on selling to housewives until one day a wealthy women starts giving him trouble.

Dina with Saad al Soghayar (2010)

From the 2010 film ”Welad al Balad” (Country Boys) which starred Mohamed Lotfy along with Dina who plays an aspiring bellydancer.  Popular Egyptian singer Saad al Soghayar performs in this clip with Dina.  He plays Jawa, an aspiring singer named in honour of a brand of motorbikes.  The film was released to almost universal distain and the kindest review I could find described the film as ‘trashy’.

Bellydancer in 2000 Egyptian film

This scene featuring a bellydancer is from an Egyptian film titled ‘Sons of Satan’ (ابناء الشيطان) which was released in 2000.  The scene is set in a ‘fight club’ in Istanbul.  The film starred Hussein Fahmy, Hamdi al Wazir and Abir Sabri. Abir Sabri has taken the veil and now appears only in religious programmes.

Nahed Sabry

This black and white clip opens with a fellaheen theme moving into a scene in an art studio with Nahed Sabry as the bellydancer and artists’ model. Its a pity the actors keep getting in the way as she’s worth watching. The singer is Mohamed Kandeel. Many thanks to Sameh Afandina for IDing both the dancer and singer.

Nazik (1959) نازك

This is Lebanese born singer Nazik (1929-1999) performing the theme song from the 1959 Egyptian film ‘Kul daqa fi qalbi’ (Every beat of my heart كل دقة فى قلبى) which starred Samia Gamal and Mohamed Fawzi. No dancing in this clip, just beautiful music and a golden voice.
Some of the lyrics are:
“Kul daqa fi qalbi bitsallem a’leik,
Ya wahishni min zaman fein noor e’inaik,
Every beat of my heart greets you (says hello to you),
I miss you, its been a while,
(I’m) missing the light of your eyes.”

Wafaa Amar (1995)

This is actress Wafaa Amar who’s dancing as part of her role in the 1995 Egyptian film ‘Samt al Kherfan’ (Silence of Sheep صمت الخرفان  Though some have translated the title as ‘Silence of the Lambs’, the word ‘lambs’ doesn’t have the same connotation in English as blindly following as the word ‘sheep’.)  The film starred Ahmed Adam and Hanan Shawky.  Thank you to Bella for the input, much appreciated.