This is Egyptian born bellydance superstar Mona al Said.
Mona’s response to family disapproval of her decision to pursue a dance career was to flee to Lebanon and from 1970 to 1975 she danced at the Casino Lebanon. In 1975 she returned to headline at the Meridian Hotel nightclub in Cairo, dancing there until 1976. It was at this point that she went to the Omar Khayyam nightclub in London and she performed there from 1976 to 1980. She has retired from regular performing and now teaches festival workshops and private classes.
This is Zizi Mustafa performing in a scene from the 1985 Egyptian film ‘El Taghiya’ (الطاغية The Tyrant) which starred Ezzat Al Alayli, Farouk al Fishawi and Leila Elwi.
There was a very well known Egyptian actress, also named Zizi Mustafa (though her real name was Zeinab Mostafa Nasr) who died in 2008. The two Zizi Mustafas are often mixed up and even Google shows dancer Zizi as having died though she’s very much alive! Former bellydancer Zizi Mustafa is the mother of Egyptian actress Menna Shelabi
Hind Rostom (1929-2011) dances in a scene set in a train carriage from the 1957 film ‘Inta Habibi’ (You’re my Love انت حبيبي ). The film starred Farid al Atrache who’s the singer, Shadia, Abdel Salam Al Naboulsi and Zeinat Sedki. Directed by Youssef Chahine, the film tells the story of Farid and Yasmina (Farid el Atrach and Shadia) who can’t stand each other but are being forced by their respective families to marry. Unbeknowst to their families Farid is singing in a nightclub and having an affair with a belly dancer (Rostom) while Yasmina is busy having an affair with another man. Eventually Farid and Yasmina decide to co-operate and pretend to like each so their families will leave them alone but in the end they fall in love.
Despite the ‘special effects gone mad’ backgrounds, this is a fabulous Saidi and assaya performance by Egyptian dancer Fifi Abdu. This is a digital conversion from an old VHS video tape (remember those) and the performance is from fairly early in her career. In this clip she’s wearing a plain white galabeya with a hip scarf.
This is Egyptian bellydancer Mona al Said performing to the old Abdel Halim Hafez song ‘Kari’at Al Fingan’ (The Fortune Teller/The Coffee Cup Reader) and the khaleeji song ‘Wah, Wah’.
Again this is a conversion from an old video tape to mp4 with quality to match but ‘back in the day’ these VHS tapes were all there was and we had to take what we could get 🙂