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 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 Najia Ibrahim Bilal who’s better known as Kouka (1917-1979). In this scene she sings, dances and uses a sword. The scene is from the 1953 Egyptian film ‘Gharam Bosayna‘ (The Love of Bosayna غرام بثينة) in which she starred along with Yahia Shahine (1917-1994) and Aziza Helmy (1929-1994) who are both in the armchairs in this scene. On the floor playing the drum is the irrepressible Wedad Hamdi. Also starring was Abdul Ghani Qamar.
This is actress. singer and occasional dancer Kouka (1917-1979) in a scene from the 1955 Egyptian film ‘A Glass and a Cigarette’(سيجارة وكاس). The title of the film is reversed in Arabic and titled ‘Sigarah wa Kas’.
Born in 1917 in Sudan as Najia Ibrahim Bilal, Kouka went to Cairo where she became part of the troupe formed by Youssef Wahbi the famous Egyptian actor. She eventually was hired as a movie editor by Studio Misr but that same year she made her screen debut opposite Ali al Kassar. She appeared opposite US singer Paul Robeson in the 1937 British drama ‘Jericho’ which is also known as ‘Dark Sands’
In this film Kouka plays Azza, the best friend of the film’s main character Huda played by Samia Gamal. Samia Gamal’s character is a famous dancer who marries Mamdouh, played by Nabil el Alfi. Huda retires from dancing and helps Mamdouh set up a hospital. The head nurse Yolanda (Dalida) also has her sights on Mamdouh and Huda starts to believe that they’re having an affair. Huda returns to drinking and smoking.
Sadly, the film’s co-star Dalida took her own life in 1987.
Trivia: I understand that bellydancer Nemat Mokhtar married Kouka’s husband the Egyptian film director Niazi Mustafa (1911-1986) who was a infamous womanizer. In a ‘her or me’ situation Kouka made Niazi Mustafa chose and Nemat Mokhtar was quietly divorced. Niazi Mustafa was murdered in 1986.
This is another song and dance scene from the 1982 Syrian film ‘Ghawar’s Empire’ (Impratoriyat Ghawar امبراطورية غوار). The film starred Syrian comedians Duraid Lahham and Naji Jaber (1940-2009) who are the two men sitting in the middle.
Trivia: Can anyone ID the singer please?
This is the Koumaya Troupe (National Dance of Egypt) with Denise Enan entering at 1:30. Thanks to Sahra Kent for the dancer ID.
This scene is from the 1982 Syrian film ‘Ghawar’s Empire’ (Impratoriyat Ghawwar امبراطورية غوار) which starred Syrian comedians Duraid Lahham and Naji Jaber (1940-2009).
If we ever needed a lesson in Turkish dance or how to play zills or how to perform it all, well here it is! The dancer in this clip is Turkish performer Tulay Karaca.
If the rhythm is confusing here’s what Indrayu in Australia says ‘At a Karsilama workshop I attended, the teacher made the counting more accessible by “fruit salad” counting, app-le, app-le, app-le, ba-na-na (pea-ches pea-ches pea-ches straw-ber-ry) etc rather than 12-12-12-123. Worked a treat, especially at the end of a long weekend of concentration.’
This is Egyptian dancer Nabaweya Mustafa performing in a scene from the 1949 Egyptian film ‘Eweaa al Mahfaza’ (اوعى المحفظة known in English as ‘Watch Out For Your Wallet’). The singers in this scene are Suad Mekkawi and Mahmoud Shekuku and the woman in the fur coat is Lola Sedky. The movie starred Mahmoud Ismail (who also directed), Hassan Fayek and Taheya Karioka.
The dancer in this clip is of course the one and only Nabaweya Mustafa. The scene is from the 1946 Egyptian film ‘The Unknown Past’ (Al Madi al Maghool الماضي المجهول) which starred Laila Murad and Ahmed Salem. The female singer is Laila Murad and the song she’s singing, ‘Salam Alay’, is now well known to dancers worldwide.
The male star of this film, Ahmed Salem, was also the director. Born in 1910, he was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire in 1949 with a police officer following a violent argument with his then wife Asmahan (Amal al Atrache), the sister of Farid al Atrache.
Trivia: Ahmed Salam was one of Taheya Karioka’s many husbands.