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.
Fifi Abdu dances in a scene from the 1990 film ‘Moulid We Sahbo Ghaib’ ( مولد وصاحبه غايب). The film also starred Youssef Shabaan, Mohsen Sarhan (on the floor on the right), Magda Nour El Din and Nabil Elhagrasy.
Fifi Abdu is the dancer and Walid Tawfik is the singer. Together they’re in a scene from the 1984 Egyptian film ‘Qamar al Leil’ (قمر الليل) in which they both starred. The film tells the story of Imad (Tawfik) who prevents Ibtisam (Layla Olwi) from committing suicide which leads to him to Fikri (Abu Bakr Ezzat) who wants to marry a wealthy woman (Mary Fakreddine) who lost her son during the Lebanon War. Long story short Imad impersonates the missing son but it all turns out well in the end.