Nariman Aboud (Lebanon) ناريمان عبود

This is Lebanese bellydancer Nariman Aboud filmed as part of the Lebanese tv show ‘Studio Al Fan’. Nariman was originally spotted by Lebanese singer Melhem Baraket. Later she married singer Wissam al Amir and retired from public performing in the early 2000s to take care of their two children. In 2011 there was talk of her returning to the dance scene but whether that happened or not I don’t know. Nariman still regularly hits the dance floor at the restaurant in Jouneih in Lebanon though.
Trivia: One of Nariman’s signature pieces of music was “Ya bou el eyoun el soud” which was sung by her brother Michel. (I think it was done originally by Karem Mahmoud or Iraqi singer Nazem el Ghazali. Can anyone confirm please?)

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Lebanese bellydancer Howaida el Hashem (silver)

This is Lebanese dancer Howaida el Hashem aka Howaida Hachem, Howaida Hashem, Hwyda al Hatchem etc. This clip is circa 1990s and she’s wearing a silver bedlah.. She retired from performing but now she seems to be making a comeback in Lebanon. Don’t forget that this is from the 1990s and was originally on a VHS tape sent by snailmail from Lebanon to Australia and then copied so, so many times. I transferred it from the original VHS tape onto a DVD then onto a computer and used editing software to improve the final output and cut out the bumps, jumps, glitches (and inadvertent changes of tv station) but there is a loss of quality.

Gisele Bomentre (Brazil)

This is Brazilian born bellydancer Gisele Bomentre performing during a game show on Lebanese tv. She became a well known performer in the hotels and nightclubs of the Middle East, firstly in Lebanon and later throughout the region. Her career in the Middle East really started when she came to the attention of tv director Simon Asmar. To place Gisele in the Lebanese bellydance timeline, she’s of the same era as Amani, Bushra, Samara and Australia’s Amera Eid. Gisele has since returned to her home country of Brazil where she teaches and performs and has developed a career as a singer.
Trivia: Simon Asmar, who’s credited with starting the careers of bellydancer Samara and singer Fares Karam amongst many others, was released last year after spending 12 months in jail while local police investigated his links to a Syrian murder victim.

Gisele Bomentre (Brazil)

This is bellydancer Gisele Bomentre performing during a game show on Lebanese tv.
Gisele became well known in the Middle East, firstly in Lebanon but later throughout the region where she performed extensively. Gisele was known for her sword work as you’ll see in this clip.
If you wanted to place Gisele in the Lebanese bellydance timeline, she’s of the same era as Amani, Samara and Australia’s Amera Eid. Gisele has since returned to her home country of Brazil where she teaches and performs and has developed a career as a singer.
Sorry about the jumps-and-bumps during this clip, its a conversion from an old VHS tape to digital.

Camelia

This is bellydancer Camelia dancing during a tv game show from Lebanese tv. Beginning her dance career in her home country of Brazil Camelia, like so many other dancers, did a stint dancing on the Ivory Coast in Africa. After 9 months there she moved to Lebanon where she eventually gained a place with the renowned dance troupe of Abdel Halim Caracalla replacing Dani Boustros. After several years she moved to Egypt eventually retiring from stage performances. I believe she now lives in the US.

Samara (lilac)

This is bellydancer Samara filmed years ago when she was quite early in her career.
Born in Basra Iraq, Samara moved to Lebanon as a student and took bellydance lessons from Nadia Gamal. The story is that Nadia asked her, ‘Do you want to be a dancer or do you just want the money?’ When Samara replied that she wanted to learn to dance properly, Nadia Gamal encouraged her to practice hard and develop her own personal style.
In this performance Samara wears a lilac bedlah with a skirt made from lengths of marabou feathers. I must have watched this tape 1,000 times as the music is fabulous. I never much liked the marabou but there you go…..

This is a conversion from VHS video tape to digital so the quality isn’t what we’re used to nowadays but part of this site’s role is to be an archive.