This is the drum solo section of a stage performance by Lebanese bellydancer, Neriman Aboud. Neriman is now retired. Her costume is a catsuit, half red and half black (which is great if you barrack for Essendon LOL).
Trivia: Maybe the catsuit was all the rage back then as Nagwa Fouad wore a very similar outfit, in the same colour combination, in one of her videos.
The beautiful voice of Lebanese singer Samira Tawfik. Born Samira Cremona in Beirut, Lebanon in 1935, the story is that her talent was first discovered by a musician who heard her singing as she sat perched up a tree.
Samira Tawfik struggled for recognition in her home country early in her career. After a move to Jordan she became well known for her songs on Jordanian Radio, recording her first song, “Meskin ya kalbi Yama Tlawaat” (Poor heart, how you suffered). When the question of adopting a stage name arose, Egyptian musician Taoufik Bayoumi said “Ettaoufik min Allah” (Your success will come from God) and as a result, she adopted the stage surname Tawfik (‘Taoufik’) which means ‘success’ in Arabic. She has appeared in several movies including “Al Badaouia Al Ashiqa” (The Bedouin Girl in Love, 1963), directed by famous Egyptian director Niazi Mustafa.
This is Lebanese bellydancer Nabila Metwali wearing a pink bedlah and performing in a nightclub in Beirut.
This is golden era bellydancer Katy (1927-1980) in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘El Ard el Tayeba’ (The Good Earth الارض الطيبة) which starred Kamal Al Shennawi and Mariam Fakhr Eddine. They play the couple shown in this clip. Also starring were Hussein Riyad, Abdul Salem al Nabulsi and Zouzou Madi. The female singer is Suad Mekkawi and the male dancer wearing the top hat is Omar al Gizawy.
Here are three dancers you may not have met before. These dancers are Imtithal Zeki, Hadia and Leila Yosri performing in scenes from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Halak el Sayedat’ (Ladies’ Hairdresser حلاق السيدات ). The comedy starred Abdulsalem al Nabulsi and Ismail Yassin as two friends who open a special beauty salon catering not only to women and men, but also catering to pets. The film co-starred Stefan Rosti, Leila Karem and the irrepressible Zeinat Sedki.
Trivia: (1) The film also features Nadia al Jundi in an early movie appearance.
(2) Imtithal Zeki shouldn’t be confused with Imtithal Fawzy the bellydancer who was murdered onstage in 1936.
This is Egyptian dancer and actress Naima Akef performing in a scene from the 1949 film ‘Lahalibo’ (لهاليبو) in which she starred along with Hassan Fayek, Shukri Sarhan and Suleiman Naguib. The film was directed by Hussein Fawzi who was Naima Akef’s husband between 1953 and 1958.
Trivia: The film has also been released with the tile of ‘The Circus Girl’.
Dancer Lula Abdo features in this scene from the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Inni Rahila’ (إني راحلة ‘I am Leaving’ or sometimes known as ‘Tragic Departure’) directed by Ezzedine Zulfikar and based on a novel by Yusuf al Sabai. Thank you to Osama Salem for the name of the dancer. The film starred Madiha Yousri, Emad Hamdi, Zeinat (with a ‘t’) Sedki (with flowers in her hair in this scene), Zeinab (with a ‘b’) Sedki and Seraj Mounir.
Movie trivia:(a) The star of ‘Inni Rahila’, Madiha Yousri, was married to singer/composer Mohamed Fawzi from 1952-1959.
(b) Yusuf El Sebai who was the author of the book ‘Inni Rahila’ on which this film is based, shouldn’t be confused with the Egyptian Minister of Culture with the same name who was assassinated.
This is Alexandrian dancer Nelly Fouad, another star of the Egyptian dance scene in the 70s. Her big break came when she filled in for Soheir Zaki one evening and this led to a long performing career including of course her iconic performances on the ‘Shwaya Baladi’ tapes that every dancer seemed to have. Nelly retired in the late 1980s but has now started teaching at Raqia Hassan’s festival in Cairo.
The two dancers in this clip are actress Mervat Amin and comedian Fuad al Mohandes (1924-2006). The scene is from the Egyptian comedy ‘The Return of the Most Dangerous Man in the World’ (Awdat Akhtar Ragol f’il Aalam عودة أخطر رجل فى العالم). In this film Fuad al Mohandes reprises the dual roles of Zaki the insurance company rep and international criminal mastermind Mr X. These roles were first seen in the 1967 film ‘The Most Dangerous Man in the World starring al Mohandes and his then wife Shweiker.
This time there is a maharajah in town and Zaki is sent to convince the maharajah that he should insure his jewellery. Meanwhile Mr X is planning on stealing the gems. Also starring in the film were Samir Sabri, Salah Nazmi and Wafik Fahmy who’s the maharajah and is wearing the turban in this scene. The blonde woman who faints is a little known actress called Birgitte who only made a couple of films.
Trivia: 1) Mervat Amin’s second husband (she’s had four) was guitarist Omar Khorshid.
2) Filming of this movie was completed in 1972 but it wasn’t released until the following year.
This is Egyptian dancer Hadia in a scene from the 1962 Egyptian film ‘Forgive Me My Sin’ (اغفر لى خطيئتى). Hadia performed in only half a dozen Egyptian movies between 1958 and 1965.
This film starred Kamal al Shinnawi and Samira Ahmed in the story of a man who discovers that his wife was previously a prostitute. Long story short, his mother interferes, he leaves his wife then they get back together.
*This* Hadia shouldn’t be confused with the well known Canadian bellydancer who has the same stage name.