This is a wedding scene featuring tahtib performed by a male dancer. The scene’s from the 1982 Egyptian drama ‘Al Salakhana’ (The Slaughter House السلخانة ) but unfortunately it all ends very badly for the male dancer played by Egyptian actor Saeed Abdel Ghani. The singer at the very beginning of the scene is Ahmed Adaweya. The film starred Adel Adham (at the back wearing blue), Mohamed Reda (the actor not the dancer) and Madiha Kamal. Also starring was Nagwa Fouad who’s in the audience in this scene wearing a red striped galabeya. Nagwa Fouad’s shamadan dance from this movie is available on this channel. Samir Ghanem and Leila Hamada play the bride and groom in this scene.
This scene is from the 1992 Egyptian film ‘El Fas fi el Ras’ (الفاس فى الرأس ) and features dancing by Egyptian actor Ezzat el Alaily (عزت العلايلي). The film also starred actresses Abla Kamal and Leila Elwi who is the lady in the crowd.
The title of the movie in Arabic means literally, ‘An axe in the head’ but what it means here is a situation that can’t go back to normal or possibly, due to the story of the movie, a little misdeed that made a big misdeed possible. In French the film was released as ‘Le Ver dans le Fruit’ meaning literally ‘a worm in the fruit’.
The movie’s story is set in Upper Egypt and much of the filming was done around Esna, Egypt about 50 kms from Luxor. Esna is most famous for its Nile River locks and this is the place where local vendors throw their wares up to tourists on the Nile ferries.
Trivia: French poet Paul Verlaine used the expression ‘Le ver dans le fruit…’ in his 1866 poem ‘Nevermore’.
This is Egyptian born bellydance superstar Mona al Said.
Mona’s response to family disapproval of her decision to pursue a dance career was to flee to Lebanon and from 1970 to 1975 she danced at the Casino Lebanon. In 1975 she returned to headline at the Meridian Hotel nightclub in Cairo, dancing there until 1976. It was at this point that she went to the Omar Khayyam nightclub in London and she performed there from 1976 to 1980. She has retired from regular performing and now teaches festival workshops and private classes.
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
Fifi Abdu does baladi! In this clip she performs at an outdoor show in Alexandria, Egypt wearing a silver dress.
Hind Rostom (1929-2011) dances in a scene set in a train carriage from the 1957 film ‘Inta Habibi’ (You’re my Love انت حبيبي ). The film starred Farid al Atrache who’s the singer, Shadia, Abdel Salam Al Naboulsi and Zeinat Sedki. Directed by Youssef Chahine, the film tells the story of Farid and Yasmina (Farid el Atrach and Shadia) who can’t stand each other but are being forced by their respective families to marry. Unbeknowst to their families Farid is singing in a nightclub and having an affair with a belly dancer (Rostom) while Yasmina is busy having an affair with another man. Eventually Farid and Yasmina decide to co-operate and pretend to like each so their families will leave them alone but in the end they fall in love.
Despite the ‘special effects gone mad’ backgrounds, this is a fabulous Saidi and assaya performance by Egyptian dancer Fifi Abdu. This is a digital conversion from an old VHS video tape (remember those) and the performance is from fairly early in her career. In this clip she’s wearing a plain white galabeya with a hip scarf.