This is a really old clip of bellydancer Samara. Born in Iraq, she made her name in Lebanon being most popular during the 1980s. This clip is Part 1 of her performance at an LBC party held on a boat. Fabulous costume!
The Fanoos website is unabashed in describing Samara as ‘…an average dancer with boring tableaux’. The site continues with a bit of background, “In 1986, she (Samara) became a mother and had to shortly stop dancing or making appearances. Because of problems with her spouse Tarek Osman which ended up in a divorce, her career was also put on hold and she disappeared for a long while before making a weak come-back in 2008. Samara was however busy giving private dance classes and opening belly dance institutes in all countries of the Gulf and in 1997 she opened her first Academy in Brazil.” (Does anyone know whether the Tarek Osman referred to is the Egyptian writer or whether its a man with the same name?)
Samara’s rise to fame seems to have been thanks to her connection with Simon Asmar, I guess you could say he was the Lebanese Simon Cowell of the time. Asmar developed talented artists, not only bellydancers but singers too, and showcased them via his tv talent show ‘Studio el Fann’. He also either directed or produced many of the Lebanese tv game shows where bellydancers or singers performed. The tradition continues as Asmar’s son Bashir has worked as a producer’s assistant on the Lebanese tv bellydance competition called ‘Hezzi Ya Nawaem’. For those who’ve never seen the show, its like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ but with bellydancers only.