This is the Koumaya Troupe (National Dance of Egypt) with Denise Enan entering at 1:30. Thanks to Sahra Kent for the dancer ID.
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!
The Reda Troupe in their stage performance of al hagallah. This is a scene from the 1965 Egyptian movie ‘Love in Karnak’ (Gharam fil Karnak غرام في الكرنك) which was directed by Ali Reda who was the elder brother of Mahmoud and the husband of Farida Fahmy.
This performance by Egyptian born dancer Azza Sherif is a transfer from VHS video tape to digital but despite that, its one of the most inspiring and breathtaking performances ever. The title of the song is “Qalo Zini 3amil 7ala”. The song is Tunisian and was first released by a singer named Olaya.
Thanks to Badr al Asmari for the song title and information.