The darbeki player in this clip is a very youthful looking Rony Barrak. Born in Lebanon, Rony Barrak made his first TV performance at the age of seven and by the time he was seventeen he’d won a Gold Medal in a tv competition for young musicians in the Middle East on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC). He moved to London in 1990 to study at the Guildhall School of Music and later taught Middle Eastern percussion at the Trinity College of Music. He’s also played with the late Setrak Sarkissian.
This is a wedding scene featuring tahtib performed by a male dancer. The scene’s from the 1982 Egyptian drama ‘Al Salakhana’ (The Slaughter House السلخانة ) but unfortunately it all ends very badly for the male dancer played by Egyptian actor Saeed Abdel Ghani. The singer at the very beginning of the scene is Ahmed Adaweya. The film starred Adel Adham (at the back wearing blue), Mohamed Reda (the actor not the dancer) and Madiha Kamal. Also starring was Nagwa Fouad who’s in the audience in this scene wearing a red striped galabeya. Nagwa Fouad’s shamadan dance from this movie is available on this channel. Samir Ghanem and Leila Hamada play the bride and groom in this scene.
This scene features Alexandria born dancer and actress Hayatim and is from the 1982 Egyptian film “Al Aqwyaa” (The Mighty or The Strongest الأقوياء). This is a drama with an all-star cast including Madiha Yousri, Ezzat El Alaily and Naglaa Fathi. The film also starred Rushdi Abaza who had been married to both Taheya Karioka and Samia Gamal. Rushdi Abaza died in 1980 during filming of this production and his remaining lines were spoken by well known Egyptian actor Salah Nazmi who’s never seen onscreen.
This is Egyptian superstar Fifi Abdu in a scene from the 1982 Egyptian film ‘Quench the Fire‘ (Min Yotfe el Nar من يطفئ النار ) in which she has three costume changes. The film starred Lebanese singer Walid Toufik who is the singer with her. The film also starred Egyptian actresses Raghda and Athar el Hakim and screen legend Farid Shawki. The writer and director of the film was Mohamed Salman who moved to Cairo from Lebanon after receiving his degree and became a noted singer in 1950s Egyptian films. He appeared with dancers Katy, Hager Hamdi and Horeya Mohamed amongst others. He was married to fellow singer Najah Salam.
Trivia: Walid Toufik was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and had his ‘big break’ appearing on the Lebanese tv talent show ‘Studio el Fan’. He moved to Egypt and his career really took off from there.
Here’s a performance by Egyptian actress and dancer Saeeda Galal who, in this clip, is a Mona al Saeed-lookalike. The scene is from the 1979 Egyptian film ‘The Curse of Time’ (Laenet al Zaman لعنة الزمن). The film starred Farid Shawki, Adel Adham, Poussy and Hussien el Sherbini.
This scene is from the 1983 Egyptian film ‘Al Motasawel‘ (The Beggar المتسول) and features Egyptian born dancer Azza Sherif. The singer is Ahmed Adaweya. The film starred Adel Imam and Esaad Younes who play the bride and groom in this scene. The woman in the blue galabeya who tries to get up to join Azza Sherif is former dancer Hayatim who plays a leading role in the movie.
Trivia: Azza Sherif was born in 1947 and was married for several years to the Egyptian singer Katkot al Amir.
Here’s another performance by Saeeda Galal, (who was a Mona al Saeed-lookalike) from the 1979 Egyptian film ‘The Curse of Time’ (Laenet al Zaman لعنة الزمن). In this clip she uses a stick (assaya). The film starred Farid Shawki, Adel Adham, Poussy and Hussien el Sherbini.
The dancer in this scene is the legendary Naima Akef (1929-1966) and the singer is Karem Mahmoud (1922-1995) who was a well-known Egyptian singer and actor. The scene’s from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Nour al Ayoun’ (Light of My Eyes نور عيوني ) which also starred Mahmoud al Meliji, Zeinat Sedki and Hassan Fayek. A quick summary of the film plot is that Nour the dancer (Akef) loves Adel the singer (Mahmoud) and they’re a successful duet. Hanafi (al Meliji) is jealous and pins a murder charge on Adel who’s arrested. Nour gets a confession from Hanafi and Nour and Adel get married.
Trivia: If you’re interested, there’s a clip on this channel of Egyptian dancer Nagua Fouad performing while Karem Mahmoud sings “Samra ya Samra”.
This is Egyptian dancer Fifi Abdu in a scene from ‘Zane’t el Setat’ (also titled ‘Zanket al Sitat’, Women’s Market زنقة الستات) released in 2000. Fifi Abdu starred in the film playing Fawakeh who wants revenge on the men involved in the death of her sister. Also starring were Maged el Masry, Samy el Adl and doctor-turned-actor Ezzat Abou Ouf.
Born in Cairo in 1953 as Attiyat Abdel Fattah Ibrahim (عطيات عبد الفتاح إبراهيم) Fifi Abdu’s first appearances were as a member of a baladi troupe.
Trivia: Zane’t el Setat is the name of the old market in Alexandria, Egypt and is the area where the 1920s serial killers Raya and Sekina often met their intended victims.