Lebanese bellydancer Amani.
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.
A pre-wedding party from the 1961 film Nisf ‘Adhra’ (Part Virgin نصف عذراء the title is also spelt “Nesf Azraa”. The dancer enters at 1:21. The film starred Zebeida Tharwat as Zainab, a troubled girl who starts sessions with Dr Anwar who’s a hypnotherapist. He is also evil. Dr Anwar uses his power to control her as you’ll see towards the end of the clip where she suddenly acts like a zombie and walks out of her own party.
Moharram Fouad played Jalal, her intended, and Mohsen Sarhane played Dr Anwar the evil hypnotist.
You’ll see there are only two gents permitted to attend this all-female party (a) a young child and (2) a blind singer.
This dance is called ‘Al Aardhah Al Najdyaah’. ‘Al Aardhah’ means ‘the dance’ and ‘Al Najdyah’ refers to the area of KSA called Najd which includes Riyadh and its suburbs, where King Abdulaziz the father of the Saudi Kings was born and started the unification of his Kingdom. So, in the old days when there were lots of wars led by the founder of the Kingdom and this dance was usually performed after winning a war. They usually sing “Nehmadallh Jat Aala Ma Netmanna” which means “We are grateful to Allah that we have won such a war”. After the wars ceased it became a Saudi traditional dance to be performed on occasions such as National Day and at large culture festivals such as Jenadyriah. The King will also participate in such dance as his father used to.
The drums, tassels, swords, the outfits, and all relevant decorations are derived from the old days.
(Thank you Omar for the information)
Music and dance from Kuwait. This setting is called a ‘jalsat’ a Kuwaiti occasion where there’s music, singing and dancing. The guests can sit and enjoy the music or get up and dance.
The jalsats were discouraged under the previous ruler of Kuwait but are more frequent under the new ruler and they’re appearing on tv again. The singer in this clip is Ahlam, a Bahraini born singer who’s made a career as a popular wedding performer in Kuwait. This is her version of ‘Kamaresha’ an old song originally performed by Abu Bakr Salim from the Hadramaut in Yemen. The song talks about her heart being light as a feather because of love. Ahlam is married to a Qatari rally driver and has one child.
Qatari musicians at the Doha Film Festival October 2011. The song is ‘Ayouh’ originally performed by Saudi singer Mohammed Abdo.