Howaida al Hachem (Lebanon) هويدا الهاشم

The dancer in this clip is Howaida al Hachem (هويدا الهاشم) aka Howaida Hachem, Howaida Hashem, Hwyda al Hatchem etc etc. Howaida was popular in Lebanon in the 1980-90s and is of the same era as Samara, Dani Boustros and Amani who often performed at the same venues. The clip is filmed in a Beirut nightclub and in this clip she wears a gold bedlah with a leopard print skirt and veil. Howaida made many tv appearances on LBC (Lebanon Broadcasting Corp) and along with her shows at nightclubs, weddings and parties, built a career that focused on performing long, intricate drum solos. And she was good. The drum solos often ended with a death defying Turkish drop which she performed while wearing high heels!
Trivia: I understand that after retiring in the early 2000s she married and now lives in Cyprus.

Howaida al Hashem هويدا الهاشم

Lebanese bellydancer Howaida Hashem wearing what’s come to be known, rightly or wrongly, as her “Cowboy Costume”.  The costume itself seems to be very polarising: some dancers love it  while others hate it, particularly the leggings.
This is another classic clip via the boys at Starlight Videos in Australia.

Howaida Hashem هويدا الهاشم white bedlah P2

This is Part 2 of a stage performance by Lebanese bellydancer Howaida al Hashem wearing a white bedlah. At the beginning of Part 2 she continues dancing to ‘Habibi Enta’ (حبيبي انت) a song made famous by Melheim Barakat (or May Hariri depending on who you ask!)

Howaida Hashem هويدا الهاشم white bedlah P1

This is Part 1 of a stage performance by Lebanese bellydancer Howaida al Hashem wearing a white bedlah. At the end of this part and the beginning of Part 2 she dances to ‘Habibi Enta’ (حبيبي انت) a song made famous by Melheim Barakat (or May Hariri depending on who you ask!)

Howaida Hashem هويدا الهاشم

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Lebanese bellydancer Howaida Hashem in an early performance on Lebanese tv. I don’t know the name of the drummer but he continued to play for her for many years. Howaida was famous for her drum solos which often included a stunning Turkish drop. Her cane dance was good too. She retired in the mid-90s apparently.
If I had a dollar for every possible way her name’s been transliterated, I’d be a wealthy person!