This is Egyptian dancer Zizi Mustafa in green and gold. She uses a veil throughout the piece and as you can see, the clip’s from a long, long time ago.
Trivia: There’s often confusion with the late Zizi Mustafa, an Egyptian actress who died in 2008. The former bellydancer Zizi Mustafa is very much alive and is the mother of actress Mena Shalabi.
This is Zizi Mustafa performing in a scene from the 1985 Egyptian film ‘El Taghiya’ (الطاغية The Tyrant) which starred Ezzat Al Alayli, Farouk al Fishawi and Leila Elwi.
There was a very well known Egyptian actress, also named Zizi Mustafa (though her real name was Zeinab Mostafa Nasr) who died in 2008. The two Zizi Mustafas are often mixed up and even Google shows dancer Zizi as having died though she’s very much alive! Former bellydancer Zizi Mustafa is the mother of Egyptian actress Menna Shelabi
Zizi Mustafa dances in a scene from the 1983 Egyptian comedy film ‘Massoud Saeed Leh?’ (Why’s Massoud Happy? مسعود سعيد ليه). The singer is Fatma Eid (فاطمة عيد). The film starred Wahed Seif, Said Saleh and Essad Younes and tells the story of Massoud a poor man who finds a large sum of money in a bag, returns it and is rewarded. The owner of the money is murdered and the money is stolen. Massoud was the last person seen with the victim etc but it all ends happily.
Bellydancer and actress Zizi Mustafa dancing in a scene from a 1984 Egyptian film titled ‘Al Mahzouz’ (The Lucky المحظوظ ) which starred Saeed Saleh, Farouk al Fishawi and Essad Younes. The movie is about two real estate agents battling each other for a piece of land. The music Zizi is dancing to is not the same as the musicians are playing or miming to. The piece you can hear is ‘El dooma wa tekka’ by Khamis Henkish. I think it was on the ‘Delta Festival’ tape (Yes, tape. That’s how long ago it was!)
There’s a lot of confusion as there are two ‘Zizi Mustafas’. One of the Zizi’s was an actress who died in 2008. The other Zizi is the former bellydancer who is still very much alive and who’s the mother of actress Mena Shalaby .
Zizi Mustafa dances in a scene from the 1968 Egyptian film ‘Hawwa wa’al Qerd’ (Eve & the Monkey حواء والقرد) which starred Suad Hosny, Mohamed Awad and Ahmed Ramzy. This ‘dance of the seven veils’ scene is a figment of Suad Hosny’s character’s imagination.
Trivia: Adli Kaseb is in the film too, you may remember him as the evil brother-in-law in ‘Al Safira Aziza’.
The fabulous Zizi Mustafa in a scene from the 1984 comedy ‘Meen feena al harami’ (or Min fina al harami – Who amongst us is the thief?). Later in the routine she uses a cane (assaya). This film’s also known as ‘Double Trouble’ as the lead actor Adel Imam (sometimes written Emam) plays a double role as twins. One of the twins is a thief and the other a regular guy.
Zizi Mustafa dances in the 1985 film ‘Saad al Yatim’ (Saad the Orphan سعد اليتيم) which starred Ahmed Zaki, Najlaa Fathy, Farid Shawki and Mahmoud Morsy. There are two scenes in this clip, first a party and the second is a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ scene where she uses a shamadan.
Zizi Mustafa in a scene from the 1974 film ‘Al Muhim al Hob’ (Love is Important) which starred Nahed Sharif, Adel Imam and Emad Hamdy.
Keep your eye on the actor playing the part of the conductor – he’s a show on his own!
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…..