This is Nadia Gamal dancing in a scene from the 1973 Syrian film ‘Mesk wa Anbar’ (Musk and Amber مسك وعنبر ). The film starred Syrian comedians Duraid Laham and Nihad Kalai along with Egyptian actors Nabila Obeid, Ahmed Ramzy and Mohamed Reda (the actor not the dancer).
Bellydancer Nadia Gamal and legendary Lebanese singer Sabah together in a scene from the 1965 film ‘Al Siba wal Jamal’ (Youth and Beauty الصبا والجمال ) which is set in Lebanon. The film starred Sabah, Muharram Fouad and Nadia Gamal’s husband at that time, Lebanese musician/actor Shafiq Hashim. Nadia Gamal married Shafiq Hashim in 1958 but the marriage ended in divorce nine years later.
Depending on who tells the story, bellydancer Nadia Gamal was born Maria Kariadis in 1935 (or 1936 or 1937) in Alexandria, Egypt (or Beirut) to parents who were Lebanese (or Greek or Italian or Egyptian). Whatever the facts, she was a wonderful dancer. Sadly she died in Beirut in 1990 of complications while receiving treatment for cancer.
Trivia: (1) One of the film’s stars, Egyptian singer Muharram Fouad, was one of bellydancer Taheya Karioka’s 14 husbands.
(2) Shafiq Hashim was Karem Mahmoud’s band leader for several years.
Bellydancer Nadia Gamal in a scene from the 1965 film ‘Al Siba wa’l Jamal’ (Youth and Beauty الصبا والجمال ). The film starred Lebanese diva Sabah along with Muharram Fouad and Shafiq Hashim who was Nadia Gamal’s husband at the time. Nadia Gamal married Shafiq Hashim in 1958, the marriage ending in divorce nine years later. Depending on who tells the story, bellydancer Nadia Gamal was born Maria Kariadis in 1935 (or 1936 or 1937) in Alexandia (or Beirut) to parents who were Lebanese or Greek or Italian or Egyptian. Whatever the facts, she was a wonderful dancer. Sadly she died in Beirut in 1990 of complications while receiving treatment for cancer.
Trivia: (1) Shafiq Hashim was singer Karem Mahmoud’s band leader for several years. There’s a clip of Nagwa Fouad dancing while Karem Mahmoud sings ‘Samra ya Samra’ on this channel.
(2) Muharram Fouad was one of Taheya Karioka’s 14 husbands. I think he was number 8 but can anyone confirm please?
This 1968 film is named after the hero of the piece, a Robin Hood-like character named ‘Saqr al Arab’ (Arabian Falcon). In this scene Nadia Gamal plays a bellydancer who’s been hired to poison the Emir (in the white turban). After finishing her dance, she pours the poisoned wine into a goblet which she offers to the Emir. He raises the cup to drink but is saved by the Arabian Falcon who leaps through a window and knocks it out of his hand.
In this scene from the 1968 film ‘Stay Away from my Wife’ (Eidak an Merati ايدك عن مراتي ) the dancer is Nadia Gamal and the singer is Sabah. The film starred Sabah along with Rushdi Abaza and Samira Baroudi.
Trivia: The song ‘Zenouba’ was written by Farid al Atrache.
Nadia Gamal (1934-1990) dances in a scene from the 1969 joint Lebanese-Iranian film titled ‘Labet el Haz’ (‘Game of Chance’ aka ‘Bazy-e-shance’ ‘ بازی از این شانس’ (Farsi title), aka ‘Roulette’ (English title). The film was shot in 1968 but released in 1969 and was directed by Egyptian born Frank Agrama (Farouk Agrama). Frank Argama also directed Sabah and Turkish star Cüneyt Arkın in ‘Essabet al Nissa’ (Gang of Women) amongst other films. Early in his career he was an actor himself, appearing with Nagwa Fouad in ‘Gharam fi Sirk’. Thank you to Dr Kiss and the brainiacs at the classic horror forum for their assistance in tracking down the story of this film. What those forum folks don’t know, ain’t worth knowing 🙂
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…..