This is Egyptian superstar Fifi Abdu in a scene from the 1982 Egyptian film ‘Quench the Fire‘ (Min Yotfe el Nar من يطفئ النار ) in which she has three costume changes. The film starred Lebanese singer Walid Toufik who is the singer with her. The film also starred Egyptian actresses Raghda and Athar el Hakim and screen legend Farid Shawki. The writer and director of the film was Mohamed Salman who moved to Cairo from Lebanon after receiving his degree and became a noted singer in 1950s Egyptian films. He appeared with dancers Katy, Hager Hamdi and Horeya Mohamed amongst others. He was married to fellow singer Najah Salam.
Trivia: Walid Toufik was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and had his ‘big break’ appearing on the Lebanese tv talent show ‘Studio el Fan’. He moved to Egypt and his career really took off from there.
This is Egyptian dancer Fifi Abdu in a scene from ‘Zane’t el Setat’ (also titled ‘Zanket al Sitat’, Women’s Market زنقة الستات) released in 2000. Fifi Abdu starred in the film playing Fawakeh who wants revenge on the men involved in the death of her sister. Also starring were Maged el Masry, Samy el Adl and doctor-turned-actor Ezzat Abou Ouf.
Born in Cairo in 1953 as Attiyat Abdel Fattah Ibrahim (عطيات عبد الفتاح إبراهيم) Fifi Abdu’s first appearances were as a member of a baladi troupe.
Trivia: Zane’t el Setat is the name of the old market in Alexandria, Egypt and is the area where the 1920s serial killers Raya and Sekina often met their intended victims.
Fifi Abdu is the bellydancer in this scene from the 1975 Egyptian film ‘Mamnou fi Laylat El Dokhla’ (Forbidden on the Wedding Night ممنوع فى ليلة الدخله). Bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad plays Zoba, the soon-to-be wife of the bride’s widowed father played by Mohamed Reda. Nagwa dons a hipscarf and joins in the dancing later in the scene. The story of the film, which is a comedy, revolves around Tahseen (Adel Imam) and Mona (Soheir Ramzi) who love each other but her mother Zareefa (Nabila al Sayed) thinks Mona can do better. Zareefa is killed in an accident when she falls through an open manhole and drowns. She then appears as a ghost that only the unfortunate Tahseen can see. In this scene Tahseen and Mona have married. The singer in this scene is Egyptian born Shafik Galal (1929-2000).
Trivia: The man serving the drinks at the start of the clip is Seif Allah Mokhtar.
This is Egyptian bellydancer Fifi Abdu performing her well known ‘shisha’ tableau as part of her acting/dancing performance as Noha the bellydancer in the 1994 Egyptian stage play ‘Hazzemni Ya’ (‘Tie Me Up’ حزمني يا). It’s a social comedy that tells the story of Zawawi and his wife Bahija who, together with his brothers, live happily in their small rented house until the owner wants to pull it down and build a new building on the site. The play starred Hassan Hosny, Magda Zaki and Mohamed Heneidi who’s a well known Egyptian comedian.
Trivia: Also starring was Egyptian singer/actor Medhat Saleh who was sued by Fifi Abdu in 2003 for ‘unpaid debts’. The case got messy and Fifi Abdu subsequently sued Saleh’s former wife Shireen for slander. Eventually Fifi and Saleh were reconciled in 2006. Medhat Saleh was later engaged to Syrian singer Asala’s sister Amani (not the dancer), then they broke up as Asala and her husband opposed the union, but in the end he married Amani anyway.
Here’s another ‘golden oldie’ from my own collection. Its a digital conversion from a video tape that’s been played many, many times. The featured dancer is Cairo-born Atiyat Abdul Fattah Ibrahim, better known as Fifi Abdu. Fifi’s wearing a striped galabeya in this clip but as its a conversion from an old video tape to a dvd the visual quality is not the best. In this clip Fifi uses an assaya, then she does some khaleegi. The performance has been cut short as the video tape ran out but we still get a 10 minute performance by Fifi so its not all bad is it? Thank you to the guys at Storm Video in Sydney, Australia who’ve done amazing work to restore many of my old, much loved and much travelled video tapes. Shukran!
This is Egyptian bellydancer Fifi Abdu appearing as Noha the bellydancer in the 1994 stage play ‘Hazzemni Ya’ (‘Tie Me Up’ حزمني يا). It’s a social comedy that tells the story of Zawawi and his wife Bahija who, together with his brothers live happily in their small rented house until the owner wants to pull it down and build a new building on the site. The play starred Hassan Hosny, Magda Zaki and Mohamed Heneidi.
Trivia: Also starring was Egyptian singer/actor Medhat Saleh who was sued by Fifi Abdu in 2003 for ‘unpaid debts’. It all got messy and Fifi Abdu subsequently sued Saleh’s former wife Shireen for slander. Eventually Fifi and Saleh were reconciled in 2006. Medhat Saleh was later engaged to Syrian singer Asala’s sister Amani (not the dancer), then they broke up as Asala and her husband opposed the union, but he married Amani anyway.
This is Egyptian dancer Fifi Abdu performing during a concert headlined by famous Arabic singer Warda al Jazairia (1939-2012). This part of Fifi’s performance is folkloric. She wears a red striped galabeya and uses zills (sagat) as well as assaya (cane).
This is Egyptian dancer Fifi Abdu performing during a concert headlined by famous Arabic singer Warda al Jazairia (1939-2012).
We all know Fifi but what do we know about the wonderful voice that belonged to Warda al Jazaira? She was born in France to Algerian/Lebanese parents and started singing at a very young age. In 1958 her father’s café was closed down by French authorities following a charge of harbouring arms for terrorists and her family moved to Beirut which was her mother’s home town. Warda soon came to the notice of Mohamed Abdel Wahab and she was invited to come to Cairo. There she came to the attention of Riad Sombati best known for composing songs for Omm Kulthum.
Warda al Jazairia وردة الجزائرية means ‘Warda the Algerian’. Her first name ‘Warda’ means ‘rose’ and one of Warda’s epithets was ‘The Algerian Rose’. Warda was married to composer Baligh Hamdi (1932-1993) for about 10 years.
This is a performance by Egyptian bellydance legend Fifi Abdu during one of a series of concerts filmed, probably in Abu Dhabi the capital of the United Arab Emirates, during the 70s. Possibly the concerts were part of the celebrations related to the formation of the UAE in 1971 but nobody really seems to know exactly. Any confirmation would be greatly appreciated. In this clip Fifi Abdu’s wearing a blue bedlah.