Tulay Karaca (Turkey)

This is Turkish bellydancer Tulay Karaca performing with live music provided by a group of musicians. Tulay was famous not only for her tiny, gravity defying costumes but also for her incredible zill playing. In another clip she performs a solo piece accompanying herself only with her zills. This piece is also on the Carovan though there are clearer versions about. Tulay has long retired and is the aunt (not mother) of Turkish dancer Zinnur Karaca. The clip is taken from what was originally a VHS tape which was played a lot then eventually converted to digital so there is a loss of quality.

Inci Adali (Turkey)

A blast from the past from Turkey. This is Inci Adali who was a popular Turkish belly dancer back in the 1980s. In this clip you’ll see her performing karshlima, Romani and Turkish style earthy belly dance. Inci Adali’s performance is part of a soap opera shown on Turkish tv about a girl who works in the nightclub but who wants to be a belly dancer. Inci Adali plays the star dancer who gives the girl a big break and the restaurant girl dances with her to the Rabhani Brothers’ well known ‘Spectacular Rhythms’ no less. However, I’ve cut those bits out to concentrate on Inci Adali’s performance.

Inci Adali (Turkey)

This is a really ‘old school’ clip from Turkey but, as there is such a renewed interest in Romany/gypsy dance, its a great clip to look at and learn from. The dancer is Turkish performer Inci Adali (her first name is pronounced Inchi). The performance is part of a film shown on Turkish tv about a girl who works in the nightclub who wants to be a bellydancer. Inci Adali is the star dancer gives her a big break.

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…..

Hale Sultan (2012)

A very quick clip of Hale Sultan a Turkish bellydancer performing at the Orient House in Istanbul. Hale was the last of three bellydancers performing during the evening. She was terrific but I was a bit disappointed as she danced almost exclusively in the Egyptian style, no Turkish/Rom folkloric, no 9/8 and no zills. Like most performers, she probably tailored her act to suit the audience, which that particular night were mostly Arabic. Many thanks to Michele Harrington for ID-ing Hale.
The music is well known to any dancer as the drum solo from the Tammerhenna routine.