This is Nadia Gamal dancing in a scene from the 1973 Syrian film ‘Mesk wa Anbar’ (Musk and Amber مسك وعنبر ). The film starred Syrian comedians Duraid Laham and Nihad Kalai along with Egyptian actors Nabila Obeid, Ahmed Ramzy and Mohamed Reda (the actor not the dancer).
Bellydancer Nadia Gamal and legendary Lebanese singer Sabah together in a scene from the 1965 film ‘Al Siba wal Jamal’ (Youth and Beauty الصبا والجمال ) which is set in Lebanon. The film starred Sabah, Muharram Fouad and Nadia Gamal’s husband at that time, Lebanese musician/actor Shafiq Hashim. Nadia Gamal married Shafiq Hashim in 1958 but the marriage ended in divorce nine years later.
Depending on who tells the story, bellydancer Nadia Gamal was born Maria Kariadis in 1935 (or 1936 or 1937) in Alexandria, Egypt (or Beirut) to parents who were Lebanese (or Greek or Italian or Egyptian). Whatever the facts, she was a wonderful dancer. Sadly she died in Beirut in 1990 of complications while receiving treatment for cancer.
Trivia: (1) One of the film’s stars, Egyptian singer Muharram Fouad, was one of bellydancer Taheya Karioka’s 14 husbands.
(2) Shafiq Hashim was Karem Mahmoud’s band leader for several years.
This 1968 film is named after the hero of the piece, a Robin Hood-like character named ‘Saqr al Arab’ (Arabian Falcon). In this scene Nadia Gamal plays a bellydancer who’s been hired to poison the Emir (in the white turban). After finishing her dance, she pours the poisoned wine into a goblet which she offers to the Emir. He raises the cup to drink but is saved by the Arabian Falcon who leaps through a window and knocks it out of his hand.
In this scene from the 1968 film ‘Stay Away from my Wife’ (Eidak an Merati ايدك عن مراتي ) the dancer is Nadia Gamal and the singer is Sabah. The film starred Sabah along with Rushdi Abaza and Samira Baroudi.
Trivia: The song ‘Zenouba’ was written by Farid al Atrache.