Nagwa Fouad (فؤاد نجوى)

There’s something for everyone including some khaleegi, in this performance by Egyptian dance legend Nagwa Fouad.  The clip is in two parts.

Khaleegi sword

Are these little girls fabulous or what?
This is Emirati singer Aitha el Menhali and the song is titled “Shams Al Mahaba”.  The filming was done in Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. AD is one of the seven emirates that form the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Local friends who’ve watched the clip say the girls’ dance is more Indian style as there’s more stamping than would be seen in women’s dance here in the Gulf. What do you think?
Background 1: The seven emirates that make up the UAE are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai (probably the best known of the emirates), Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah (the name translates literally as ‘the top of the tent), Sharjah and Umm al Qwain.  Abu Dhabi serves as the capital of the UAE.
Background 2: This isn’t the entire clip.
Thanks Mark B. for the singer ID.


Nagwa Fouad and Mohamed Abdo (1977)

The dancer in this tableau is of course Egyptian bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad and the singer is Saudi vocalist Mohamed Abdo who’s so youthful and without his trademark moustache that I didn’t recognise him 🙂
This scene’s from the 1977 Egyptian film ‘The Magic Lamp’ (also known as ‘Mirrors’). I guess we’ll have to call this piece ‘fusion’ as it has khaleeji music, a singer wearing a dishdash, dancers doing a ‘sort of’ debke and its in a bedouin setting (with a live camel) but the costumes are a mix of Saidi and hagallah.




The clip is from a programme shown on Qatar tv. These settings are called ‘jalsaat’ (s: jalsa) and they’re social occasions where there’s music, singing and dancing. In a relaxed home setting with only the family attending, tea, coffee and sweets are served and people will perform songs to entertain each other. However if there are important guests or its a formal function then professional musicians/dancers are usually employed. The guests at a jalsa can sit and enjoy the music or get up and dance as they like.