This is the second part of Fifi Abdu’s iconic show in Al Ismailia in northern Egypt.
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.
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.
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.
This performance features Fifi Abdu’s iconic ‘shisha dance’. It was filmed at a nightclub that used to be on the roof of the Sheraton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt.
The film was set in Lebanon but was an Egyptian production and starred Nabila Obeid, Zizi el Badrawi and Samir Sabri. Also starring was Lebanese comedian and actor Hassan Alaa Eddin, better known as Chouchou, who was famous for his luxuriant moustache. Chouchou died in 1975 at the beginning of the Lebanese civil war.
Fifi Abdu dances in a scene from the 1994 Egyptian film ‘Al Sagha’ (The Jewellers or Goldsmiths الصاغة but titled ‘The Jewellery District’ in English). The film starred Fifi along with Kamal al Shinnawi (the man who enters the nightclub), Yousri el Ashmawi and Salah Abdallah.
‘Al Sagha’ was the last feature film for Mohamed Reda, a fine Egyptian actor who died the following year.
Fifi Abdu dances in a scene from the 1988 comedy ‘Hasan Bey al Ghalban’ which starred Samir Ghanem, Said Saleh, Isaad Younes and Younis Shalabi. The singer is Sha’abi legend, Ahmad Adaweya.
Two clips of Fifi Abdu from a 1999 film ‘Zane’t El Setat’ (زنقة الستات ) which also starred Ezzat Abou Ouf, Sami al Adl and Majid al Masri. The film’s title ‘Zane’t el Setat’ (which is also spelt Zanket El Setat and Zanqit al sitat) is the name of an old market in Alexandria and the name means ‘the women’s market’. The film is the story of Fifi Abdu’s character Fawakeh who wants revenge on the men involved in the death of her sister.
From a 1999 film which starred Fifi Abdu and doctor turned actor Ezzat Abou Ouf. The title ‘Zane’t el Setat’ (Women’s Market) is the name of a souq in the old area of Alexandria, Egypt. The film is the story of Fifi Abdu’s character Fawakeh who wants revenge on the men involved in the death of her sister. The singer with Fifi is Shafik Galal.