Soheir Zaki performing in Abu Dhabi….probably in the 70s or early 80s nobody really seems to know exactly when.
The second song is the Abdel Halim Hafez song ‘Nebtedi Menein El Hekaya’ (Where do we begin to tell the story). The song became very popular in Greece where it was released by Manolis Aggelopoulos as ‘Ta mavra matia sou’.
Born in Mansoura, Egypt in 1944, Soheir Zaki was one of the “three great pyramids” of Egyptian bellydance during the 60’s and 70’s (the others being Fifi Abdu and Nagwa Fouad). The music in this clip is simply wonderful! In English its title is usually given as ‘Pink Lady’ and it used to be available on an old cassette tape with Soheir and the pyramids on the cover. Amoura Latif says that a CD version has since been released by Beata and Horatio Cifuentes.
Soheir Zaki dances in a scene from the 1982 Egyptian film ‘Aroussa Wa Gouz Ersan’ (A Bride and Two Grooms’ عروسة وجوز عرسان). The film starred Samir Ghanem as Essam who goes missing after the ship he’s on sinks. Many years go by and his widow eventually marries Essam’s friend Shaker….then Essam returns unaware that his wife has remarried. The film also starred Waheed Seif, Younes Shalabi, Maali Zayed and Essad Younis. There’s a cameo appearance by Mohamed Reza as himself.
Soheir Zaki in a scene from the 1963 drama ‘Sanawat El Hobb’ (Years of Love). The film starred Nadia Lutfi who plays the unhappy bride in this scene. She’s in love with a man she met on a train who, unbeknowst to her, is the brother of the man she’s marrying. The older lady who’s also crying in the mother of the groom.
Thanks GypsyJewel and HyE for the dancer ID, I didn’t recognise her at all 🙂