mercoledì 11 luglio 2018

Not only belly dance - 25 albums of Exciting Orientals Tunes / Issue # 3








Another 25 records of incredible music. The same goes for the previous chapters. Music faithful to tradition and Western interpretations, Middle East and Near East. The beautiful Diane Webber on the cover and unique musicians in their field struggling with the rhythms of Belly Dance, for better or for worse. Good listening to everyone.












Altri 25 dischi di incredibile musica. Vale lo stesso discorso dei capitoli precedenti . Musica fedele alla tradizione e interpretazioni occidentali , Medio Oriente e Vicino Oriente. La splendida Diane Webber in copertina e musicisti unici nel loro campo alle prese con i ritmi della Belly Dance , nel bene e nel male.  Buon Ascolto a tutti.










Ali Srour – Exotic Oriental Dances - Cairo By Night   Vol. 2



A1 Rakset Nelli
B1 Rakset Mona
B2 Rakset Dounia 

B3 Rakset Sehr

HERE





Esin Engin & His Orchestra ‎– Modern Oyun Havaları 






A1 Arap Çiftetellisi
A2 Fidayda
A3 Misket
A4 Mevlâna
A5 Harmandalı

A6 Kasap Havası
B1 Adanalı
B2 Oryantal
B3 Kolbastı
B4 Konyalı

B5 Çadırımın Üstüne
B6 Bahriye Çiftetellisi


HERE



Matar - Oriental Bouzok Music





A1 Ala Hisbi Wdad Gabi
A2 آ Akhed Habibi
A3 Mita Achoufak
A4 Aduka El Mayass

A5 Larkab El Mouheira
B1 Ya Teira Tiri Ya Hamama
B2 Ya Mal El Cham
B3 Ami Ya Bayah El Wared
B4 Adawar
B5 El Ataba Azaz
B6 Taksime


HERE


Hassan Abu Seoud & His Orchestra ‎– Belly Dances From The Middle-East Vol 2




A1 Mouna
A2 Hawa Ya Hawa

A3 Egyptian Night
A4 Music For Zeinat
B1 Mawsuaat Al Layl
B2 La Khabar
B3 Nada
B4 Saliha
B5 Yabu Abdel Fattah


HERE



Georges Yazbek - Oud & Rythms 




A1 Nahawand - Nadi'l Jamal
A2 Zanjaran - Albi Nazel Dak
A3 Bayat - Assalhieh
A4 Bayat - Ya Raytani Tayr
A5 Rast - Folklore Baladi Rakess
B1 Rast - Bayyi Me Baddo
B2 Rast - Ya Mal Esham
B3 Kird - Laura
B4 Bayat - Al Lala
B5 Nawa Asar - Ya Maria 



 HERE



Rafic Hobeica - Popular Instrumental Hits In Belly Dance Style




A1 Fok ghosnik ya lemona
A2 Ya Salat El Zein
A3 Laktob Aourak El Chagar
A4 Satouta
A5 Henne Henne Ya Hanoune
A6 Gara Eh Ya Ouzalina 

B1 Hezze Ya Nawaem
B2 Kolli Ma Bchoufak
B3 'ala allh Teoud
B4 Saida Laylatna Saida
B5 Bitomor Al Rass Oul Eyn
B6 Balla Tsoubou Hal Kahwa 



HERE





AA.VV. - A Night with Popular Music




A1 Farouq Salama - Mawal
A2 Michel Al Massri - ‘al ziraiya
A3 Atiya Sharara - Ah Ya Zein-Salem ‘Ale
A4 Sayed Qarqar - Al Husseiniyeh
B1 Al Sheikh Taha - Najwa
B2 Abdo Asfour - Wafa
B3 Michel Al Massri - Ashra Baladi 

B4 Atiyeh Sharara - Bahiye
B5 Farouq Salama - Abdo
B6 Sayed Qarqar - Bayn Al Janayen 



 HERE







Eddie "The Sheik" Kochak ‎– Strictly Belly Dancing Vol. 3







A1 Medley-Med. Tempos
A2 Rhumba Bolero
A3 Balady-Med. Fast
A4 4-4 Medley with Drums
A5 Slow Chifti-Floor & Veil Work
A6 Chifti (Faster)
A7 Floor Work (No Tempo)

A8 Slow to Fast Balady (Mijwiz) - 4-4 Finale
B1 Medium Tempos with Drums
B2 Chiftitellis - 4.4 Tempos Fast to Slow - Veil & Floor Work
B3 Fast Exciting Medley (Good Feeling & Helaway)

B4 Easy Flowing Kashlimar (9-8 Tempos with Great Drums & Zils)
B5 4-4 Tempos - Balady - Finale



HERE




Emad Sayyah - Invitation to The Belly Dance



A1 Rajjeni A Baladi
A2 Raita Tislamli Hassamra
A3 Layla

A4 Dakhlek Dakhlek
A5 Raksat Asabaya

B1 Darbek Darbek
B2 Ya Mousafer
B3 Awel Marra Ou Akher Marra
B4 Bithibbibi Bisayfiye
B5 Bayn Loubnan Will Younana Raksat Nancy


 HERE




Nicolas el Dick - Music For An Oriental Dance Vol. 2



A1 Ourak El Nakhil
A2 Karj El Hajal
A3 Nada
B1 Wardeh
B2 Ghazalieh
B3 Bouyout El Farah
B4 Dabké Jabalieh


HERE




Al-Firqa al-Masiyya & Ahmad Fuad Hasan - Hareem Dance



A1 Najwa
A2 'Awatif
A3 MabrukA4 Dimashq
B1 Layali
B2 Tuha
B3 Raq Al-Ghawazi
B4 Samba

HERE






The Seven Players ‎– West Digs East - Dig?



A1 The Carefree Camel
A2 Sphinxette
A3 Zorba The Greek
A4 The Mirage
A5 The Nomad
B1 Asia Minor
B2 The Bazaar

B3 The Sultan's Dream
B4 Sahara Sunrise
B5 Shishkabob


 HERE


 




Toni Frangieh & Setrak Sarkissian - Layale Bourg El Hamam - Belly Dance Nights Vol.1





A1 Raksat Assabaya

A2 Raff El Hamam
A3 Bayni Ou Bayn Habaybi Jebal Dabbek Dabbek Debbakaye
A4 Ya Meet Massa
A5 Azzeyna Lebsat Khelkhalha
A6 Ya Salat Ezzeyn
B1 Rakset El Kheyal

B2 Telly Dhakilo Ya Sabiye
B3 El Mejawaz Allah Yezidoh
B4 Ya Dala' Ya Dala
B5 Saideh Layletna Saideh
B6 Anal Li Alayki Meshtak



HERE





Abdu-El-Hanid Et Son Orchestre ‎– Chants Et Danses Des Pays Arabes





A1 Lotaraf Min Li Hibbek (Si Tu Savais Qui T'Aime)
A2 Ragsa Masria (Danse)
A3 Chant Du Laboureur
A4 Hasen, Ya Hssein (Joli, Ô Hussein)
A5 Avec Toi
B1 Dalamouni (Ils M'Ont Humiliée)
B2 Conscience
B3 Malouf

B4 Ana Ou Anti, Ou Anti Ou Ana (Toi Et Moi, Moi Et Toi)
B5 Mata Nestarihon (Quand Me Reposerai-Je)
B6 Air De Ma Province



HERE






Belly Dance : the music of Mohamed Abdel wahab Vol. 1



A1 Aziza

A2 Ebn El Balad
A3 El Henna
A4 Habibi Lasmar

A5 Al Maddi
A6 Men al Sharq
B1 Layali Loubnan
B2 Khatwot Habibiiby
B3 Ghazal al Banat
B4 Ana wa Habibi
B5 Angham El Chabab
B6 Ayamy



HERE





Gus Vali And His Casbah Ensemble ‎– Reflets d'Orient




A1 Hasapiko
A2 Misirlou
B1 Yelakaiki
B2 Oglan Oglan


HERE






Edward Mekjian Ensemble — Belly Dance Music from the Middle East



A1     Hijaz Bar
A2     Koorkoorank
A3     Kurdili Karshilama
A4     Anoosh Yar
A5     Megha Megha
B1     Undzee Ullah
B2     Jingen Araba
B3     Hi Jaz Chifti Teli
B4     Siroon Yar Jon
B5     Hella Hella


HERE




George Abdo And His "Flames Of Araby" Orchestra ‎– The Joy Of Belly Dancing



A1 Hizzi Ya Nawaim
A2 Raks Abdo
A3 Noora Ya Noora
A4 Raks El Gezlan

A5 Misirlou
B1 Raks Leila
B2 A Nada
B3 Raks Averof
B4 Raks Mustapha



HERE 




Farid El Atrache ‎ - Belly Dance : The Music Of Farid El Atrache


A1 Raqset Eljawari
A2 Raqset Eljamal
A3 Souk Elabid
A4 Raqset Kahramana 

A5 Touta
B1 Banadi Aleik
B2 Nougoum Elleil
B3 Ya Zahraten
B4 Habib Elomr
B5 Lahn Elkhouloud 


HERE




Artie Barsamian - Destination Bagdad




A1 Dumbeg Madness
A2 Enzelee Dance & Hava Nageelah
A3 Greek Sirto
A3 Sweet Spring
A4 Oriental Jump III
A5 Oud Interpretations
A6 Destination BaghdadB1 Hey Hey Hey
B2 Young Man's Fancy
B4 Mystic Dreams
B5 Heddy Lou
B6 Road To Baghdad



HERE





Ihsan Al-Munzer - Belly Dance





A1 Rabab
A2 Nada's Dance
A3 Al Sahel el Akhdar
A4 Yasmeen
B1 Bhebbak Ya Loubnan
B2 Rajaein Ya Hawa
B3 Bektob Ismak Ya Habibi
B4 Fog el Nakhel
B5 Hawel Ya Ghanam

HERE





Najwa Fouad - Belly Dance



A1 Najla
A2 Salma
A3 Sukara
A4 Dala El Sabaya

B1 Basha Ya Basha
B2 Dalal
B3 Farha 



 HERE





John Vartan Ensemble ‎– Spotlight On Belly Dancing



A1 El Hob
A2 Ipeski
A3 Ye Dela
A4 Kaval Chiftetelli
A5 Regeha
B1 Samaree
B2 Cleopatra
B3 Geldi
B4 Tanbur Chiftetelli
B5 Ayub
B6 Anla Demki



HERE





AA.VV. - Super Belly Dance !


A1 Sahar(Rafic Hobeika)
A2 Ya dalla dalla Bi' el gamal (Farid al Atrash)

B 1 Rakset El Fadaa ( Nour El Mallah )
B 2 Nada ( Nicolas El Dick)
B 3 Ya Salat El Zein (Zakariya Ahmed)
B4 Ghazaliyeh ( Nicolas Dick )



 HERE




Mohammed El-Bakkar - Sultan Of Bagdad




A1 Ya Habibi
A2 Why-Why Fatima
A3 Ana Winta
A4 Laysh Laysh
A5 Raksat El Sahara
A6 Yalla-Yalla
B1 Sultan of Bagdad

B2 A-La-Elwadee
B3 Zenat El Haflat
B4 Albak Ya Asmar
B5 Salamat Salamat
B6 Ya Shara



HERE






Previous Issues



Not only belly dance - 25 albums of Exciting Orientals Tunes / Issue # 1

Not only belly dance - 25 albums of Exciting Orientals Tunes / Issue # 2


martedì 12 giugno 2018

Hana Essafi هناء الصافي








With this post I would like to mention the work of the Lebanese singer Hana Essafi (real name Nadiya Francis), sister of the well-known singer
Wadih El Safi with whom she has duet several times.

We know very little about her, given the scarcity of news on the net.  She recorded several singles  between the end of the 60s and the early 70s and then disappeared from the scenes, I gathered  here some her  singles   and an album made by  the label Duniaphon,
 

As for the songs contained in the "The Arab Tunes Selection" folder I do not feel confident about the accuracy of the titles as they come from various unverifiable sources.

It seems that there are songs made by the singer during the early '80s but I could not establish the truth of this news, If someone had more detailed information I would be really grateful












Con questo post vorrei ricordare l'opera della cantante libanese Hana Essafi (vero nome Nadiya Francis ) , sorella del ben noto cantante Wadih El Safi con il quale ha duettato più volte . Di lei si sa davvero poco data la scarsità di notizie presenti in rete . Ha inciso vari 7" tra la fine degli anni 60 e i primi anni 70 per poi scomparire dalle scene . Ho qui raccolto alcuni suoi singoli ed un album realizzato dall'etichetta Duniaphon . Per quanto riguarda i brani contenuti nella cartella " The Arab Tunes Selection " non mi sento di garantire circa l'esattezza dei titoli dato che provengono da vari fonti non verificabili.

Sembra che esistano brani realizzati dalla cantante nel corso dei primi anni '80 ma non sono riuscito a stabilire la veridicità di questa notizia, Se qualcuno fosse in possesso di informazioni più dettagliato gliene sarei davvero grato .








 




Hana Essafi هناء الصافي - Lubnan لبنان / Afrah wa tahani أفراح وتهاني





Side A
Lubnan لبنان


Side B
Afrah wa tahani أفراح وتهاني


HERE




Hana Essafi هناء الصافي - Masakatuhu al khayt مسكته الخيط - Ya ustadh يا أستاذ





Side A Masakatuhu al khayt مسكته الخيط

Side B Ya ustadh يا أستاذ


HERE




Hana Essafi هناء الصافي - Ya Bayti ya Bouaytati يا بيتي يا بويتاتي - Dir balak dir دير 
 بالك دير



Side A Ya Bayti ya Bouaytati يا بيتي يا بويتاتي

Side B Dir balak dir دير بالك دير



HERE





Hana Essafi هناء الصافي - Ashki li min أشكي لمين




Side A Ashki li min أشكي لمين pt. 1

Side B Ashki li min أشكي لمين pt. 2



HERE




Hana Essafi هناء الصافي - Hana Essafi هناء الصافي




A1 Mawed El Habayeb وعد الحبايب
A2 Hal Darwicha هالدرويشة
A3 Alli Haytak Ya Fallah علي حيطك يا فلاح
A4 Kroum El Jamal كروم الجمال
B1 Maktoubak مكتوبك
B2 Nassi Chou Bahebak ناسي شو بحبك
B3 Sabah El Ward صباح الورد
B4 Mahboubi محبوبي

B5 Ayam Elli Kenna Bead ايام اللي كنا


HERE





Hana Essafi هناء الصافي - The Arab Tunes Selection





01 Mahbubi Fallah Balad محبوبي فلاح بلدي
02 Talfenn Ya Walad تلفن يا ولد
03 Ahla Hediye أحلى هدية
04 Dayb Doob دايب دوب
05 Sheykh el Shabab شيخ الشباب
06 Hubb bilad qawiha حب بلاد قويها
07 'amin fy hum al jafa' عامين في هم الجفاء

08 Hatu al darbakahu wa al 'aud هاتوا الدربكه والعود
09 Khayfe min El hob خايفه من الحب
10 Ter el Tayer طير الطاير
11 Al Kobtan القبطان
12 Biddak tatulu bilk hala'qd bitnahil بدك تطول بالك هالعقدة بتنحل
13 Passeport
14 Lawkan kallamahu ah tanfa'u biyya لوكان كلمه أه تنفع بيّا
15 An kunt mu'allem aw fallah ان كنت معلم او فلاح
16 Asra'ammin al buingya ya labas al tahra أسرع من البوينج يا لابس الطرحة
17 Majafil min qurby ماجفل من قـُربي


HERE

martedì 15 maggio 2018

Soheir Zaki سهير زكي







Suheir Zaki Abdullah is an Egyptian dancer and actress who became, by virtue of her artistic qualities, a true icon throughout the Arab world.

Soheir Zaki was born on January 4, 1944 (some sources indicate 1945) in Mansoura, the city where she lived with hr family until the age of nine years before moving to Alessandria in 1953. Music and dance were not part of the family tradition (her father worked in construction while her mother was a nurse), but Soheir fell in love with both at an early age and began to dance listening to the songs transmitted by radio demonstrating a true talent natural. "I used to go straight from school to the cinema, to watch Tahia Carioca and Samia Gamal on the big screen.I even had my hair cut and drawn to look like Fairouz" (the leading girl who danced in the early days of Egyptian cinema) " remembering her childhood.

The enthusiasm that Soheir had for the dance worried his father a lot, but the case wanted him to die. The mother remarried and just the stepfather of Soheir was the one who launched the career of the girl becoming her manager.


Soheir's first performances took place when she was only 11 years old at the birthday and wedding parties of friends and relatives, but soon she began to dance professionally in the nightclubs of Alexandria. She worked in the normal nightclubs where the public belonged largely to the Greek community that at the time dominated the Alexandrian scene. The turning point for her career came in 1962 when the party of an Egyptian celebrity was broadcast on national television, and the image of the young teenager Soheir appeared for the first time on TV along with other local artists. In this regard, she recounts: "The happiest moment of my life was during those first days when I started dancing for the first time in Alexandria. I was blossoming into femininity and felt the changes in my body, while at the same time I felt lighthearted and without responsibility. During my working life I had someone in the family who took care of my business, someone who cared about both my interests and those of my mother. "

The appearance on TV aroused the interest of director Mohamed Salem who proposed Soheir for a television screen as a presenter. The thing did not go to port and Soheir could devote herself entirely to the dance.

Soheir Zaki moves to Cairo, Souhair Zaki, the capital of the entertainment world in order to take off her career. In the Egyptian capital begins to perform in a variety of clubs, from smoky nightclubs, to large ballrooms, to extravagant wedding marriage parties. Simultaneously she begins to take part as a dancer in several television programs such as "On The Banks Of The Nile", "Adwa el Medina" and "Zoom". The 60s and 70s will see her consecration as the undisputed queen of the Egyptian belly dance. There are many dancers who managed to make a name for themselves during the same historical period, including Nadia Gamal, Nahet Sabri, Zizi Mustafa and especially Nawga Fouad, her bitter rival, but the Soheir Zaki dance represented something really different.

Souhair Zaki was a natural dancer, very sweet and elegant, could perform a large amount of movements in very little space and was known for her innocent facial expressions. She was precise in her work, very feminine, graceful and rather reserved, but with an emotional impact that left the audience breathless. No frills were necessary because her dance technique and artistic talent tended to completely saturate the scene. Unlike Nawga Fouad who focused very much on the theatricality of the exhibition using various objects during her performances, the charm of Soheir Zaki stood in simplicity: she translated music in a precise and natural way, without excess, glitz or vulgarity, offering an honest image. quiet, kind and polite.


The cliché of the oriental dancer, sensual, seductive and passionate is perhaps in contrast with this description. Yet this explains why the reputation of Sohair Zaki has remained intact over the years despite belonging to a controversial world, that of dance, very often subject to scandals.

This calming and serene image allowed her to perform for various Political personalities. She danced for the Shah of Persia, for the Tunisian president, for President Nixon and Henry Kissinger and she is proud to say that she danced at the wedding of both the daughters of Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat who said: " 'Umm Kulthum of the dance: while she sings with her voice, you sing with your body ".


With Umm Kulthum & Mohammed Abdel Wahab
Phrase perfectly consistent as Soheir was the first belly dancer to perform to the rhythm of the songs of the great Egyptian singer. In this regard, recalls: "One evening we were going to a show when the notes of" Inta Omri "spread in the car. I thought it would be wonderful to use this music to dance. Its rhythm and its complex musical melody really fascinated me. Despite the nervous objections from some colleagues I decided to try. At the first performance Mohamed Hasanein Heyka , the boss of the newspaper "Al Ahram" ,was present among the audience and wrote about the event in his newspaper. Shortly afterwards we were booked for a high class party in a villa in Zamalek.
While I was going to dance a piece of Umm Kulthum, I saw she in front of me in the audience. At that moment both the orchestra and I eagerly desired an earthquake so that the ground engulfed us. But when we finished, Umm Kulthum came to congratulate us. She told us that we had been wonderful and was amazed at the fact that the band could interpret the song so well when her orchestra needed dozens of tests to achieve the same result. It was the biggest compliment anyone could ever have done to us. After that, I became famous for having danced her songs on television and thanks to this my name has spread throughout the Arab world ".


In addition to club and television performances, Soheir Zaki has appeared in more than a hundred films giving real artistic pearls to productions that are not always dignified . Unlike many dancers such as Tahia Carioca, Naima Akef and Samia Gamal, the acting is never She liked. Her roles tended to be small, and she always limited herselves to dance. Right on the set of one of her films, she met her future husband, the photographer Mohamed Amara, nephew of the famous director Hassan el Saifi. The married life will be very satisfying, but among the night shows, the TV and the cinema will take a long time before the couple can grow. They will have a single son who will call Hamada, one of the most precious gifts that life will reserve for them.

Between the end of the '80s and the beginning of the' 90s the wind changed and Egypt was hit by a serious economic and political crisis that brought a new conservative spirit. In addition to this, many clubs closed their doors and became increasingly difficult to perform. On the other side the scene of the belly dance suffered a strong decline in the costumes that became more vulgar and the lascivious aspect replaced the artistic competence. The golden age was definitely over and Soheir Zaki decided to retire from the scenes. The farewell to the dance was not painless. After retirement, the dancer will have various health problems, will gain weight and for a certain period will be gripped by a strong depression. With the passage of time, things will settle down and begin to lead an existence made of family, a few trusted friends relaxing walks.

In 2001, against her husband's opinion, Soheir Zaki decided to attend a dance workshop held during the "Ahlan Wa Sahlan Oriental Dance Festival "as a teacher. Her dance workshop was literally stormed by over two hundred festival participants who paid her an honor and gratitude she probably did not expect.

What Soheir Zaki expressed with her dance is something very indefinable, you could use many words to explain it without ever really succeeding. Her art is poetry, the same poetry that is found in the performances of the great musicians who accompanied her, the poetry of the songs of Umm Kulthum, things that unfortunately belong to a time that will never come back.

Over the years, the image of Soheir Zaki has been greatly exploited as a guarantee of quality and has appeared in countless Lp, Cassette and Cd. The oldest publications, especially those made in the '70s, offer a beautiful example of what is now called Vintage Belly Dance Music. The albums published in these years contain, in most cases, music of excellent quality. The same can not be said about the later publications whose quality is very discontinuous.

Among the many skills of this great artist is to include a strong musical ear that has allowed her to equip herself with an excellent orchestra. Unfortunately, the performances of this orchestra are not, as far as we know, available, but there are many publications in the name of Soheir Zaki in circulation and you never know that with time something does not jump out.

The important thing is that we were given the opportunity to admire her during her performances both in various clubs and television broadcasts and in the performances contained in the many films in which she took part. In this regard I have compiled a filmography making available both the film in its entirety and the dance part performed by Soheir.

Finally I signal two channels (one on You Tube and one on Vimeo) where you can find various videos of her performances.


 ARAB TUNES CHANNEL   
THE CLASSIC CAROVAN  CHANNEL











Suheir Zaki Abdullah è una danzatrice e attrice egiziana divenuta , in virtù delle proprie qualità artistiche, una vera e propria icona in tutto il mondo arabo.

Soheir Zaki è nata il 4 Gennaio 1944 (alcune fonti indicano il 1945) a Mansoura , città dove ha vissuto con la famiglia fino all'età di nove anni prima di trasferirsi nel 1953 ad Alessandria. La musica e il ballo non facevano parte della tradizione famigliare ( suo padre lavorava nell'edilizia mentre sua madre era un'infermiera), ma Soheir si innamorò di entrambi in tenera età e cominciò a danzare ascoltando i brani trasmessi per radio dimostrando un vero talento naturale ."Ero solita andare direttamente da scuola al cinema, per guardare Tahia Carioca e Samia Gamal sul grande schermo. Ho persino avuto i capelli tagliati e disegnati per sembrare Fairouz "(la bambina protagonista che ballava nei primi giorni del cinema egiziano)” affermerà ricordando la sua infanzia.


L’entusiasmo per la danza della figlia suscitava molta disapprovazione da parte del padre, ma il caso volle che quest’ultimo decedette . La madre si risposò e proprio il patrigno di Soheir fu colui che lanciò la carriera della ragazza divenendone il manager.
Le prime esibizioni di Soheir avvennero quando lei aveva solo 11 anni in occasione di feste di compleanno e di matrimonio di amici e parenti, ma ben presto cominciò a ballare professionalmente nei locali notturni di Alessandria. Lavorava nei normali nightclub dove il pubblico apparteneva in larga parte alla comunità greca che a quei tempi dominava la scena Alessandrina . La svolta per la sua carriera avvenne nel 1962 quando la festa di una celebrità egiziana venne trasmessa dalla televisione nazionale, e l’immagine della giovane Soheir, ancora adolescente, apparve per la prima volta in tv insieme ad altri artisti locali. A tal proposito racconta : “Il momento più felice della mia vita è stato durante quei primi giorni in cui ho iniziato a ballare per la prima volta ad Alessandria. Stavo sbocciando nella femminilità e avvertivo i cambiamenti del mio corpo, mentre allo stesso tempo mi sentivo spensierata e senza responsabilità. Durante la mia vita lavorativa ho avuto qualcuno all'interno della famiglia che si prendesse cura dei miei affari ,qualcuno che aveva a cuore sia miei interessi che quelli di mia madre”.

L’apparizione in TV suscitò l’interesse del regista Mohamed Salem che la propose per un provino televisivo in qualità di presentatrice. La cosa non andò in porto e Soheir potè dedicarsi completamente alla danza . Al fine di far decollare la sua carriera Soheir Zaki si trasferisce al Cairo, Souhair Zaki , la capitale del mondo dello spettacolo . Nella capitale egiziana comincia ad esibirsi in una varietà di locali, dai locali notturni fumosi ,alle grandi sale da ballo , alle stravaganti feste di matrimonio nozze. Simultaneamente comincia a prendere parte in qualità di danzatrice a diverse trasmissioni televisive quali "On The Banks Of The Nile", "Adwa el Medina" e "Zoom ". Gli anni’60 e ‘70 vedranno la sua consacrazione a regina indiscussa della danza del ventre egiziana. Molte sono le danzatrici che sono riuscite a farsi un nome nel corso dello stesso periodo storico, tra queste Nadia Gamal, Nahet Sabri , Zizi Mustafa e specialmente Nawga Fouad, sua acerrima rivale, ma la danza di Soheir Zaki ha rappresentato qualcosa di realmente differente.

Souhair Zaki era una ballerina naturale, molto dolce ed elegante, poteva eseguire una grande quantità di movimenti in pochissimo spazio ed era nota per le sue innocenti espressioni facciali. Era precisa nel suo lavoro , molto femminile, aggraziata e piuttosto riservata, ma con un impatto emotivo che lasciava senza fiato. Nessun fronzolo le era necessario perché la sua tecnica di danza e il suo talento artistico tendevano a saturare completamente la scena . A differenza di Nawga Fouad che puntava molto sulla teatralità dell’esibizione impiegando svariati oggetti durante le sue esibizioni, il fascino di Soheir Zaki stava nella semplicità: traduceva la musica in modo preciso e naturale, senza eccessi , sfarzi o volgarità offrendo un immagine onesta , tranquilla, gentile ed educata.      Il cliché della danzatrice orientale ,sensuale, seducente e passionale è forse in contrasto con questa descrizione. Eppure questo spiega perché la reputazione di Sohair Zaki è rimasta intatta nel corso degli anni pur appartenendo ad un mondo controverso , quello della danza, soggetto molto spesso a scandali . Quest’immagine tranquillizzante e serena le ha consentito di esibirsi per svariati capi di stato. Ha danzato per lo Scià di Persia , per il presidente tunisino, per il presidente Nixon e Henry Kissinger ed è orgogliosa di poter dire di aver ballato alle nozze di entrambe le figlie di Gamal Abdel Nasser e Anwar Sadat che affermò: “ "Tu sei l'Umm Kulthum della danza. Mentre lei canta con la sua voce, tu canti con il tuo corpo ".
Frase perfettamente coerente dato che Soheir è stata la prima danzatrice del ventre a esibirsi al ritmo delle canzoni della grandissima cantante egiziana . A tal proposito ricorda : “Una sera stavamo recandoci ad uno spettacolo quando le note di "Inta Omri" si diffusero nell’auto. Pensai che sarebbe stato meraviglioso usare questa musica per ballare. Il suo ritmo e la sua complessa melodia musicale mi affascinavano davvero. Nonostante le obiezioni nervose da parte di alcuni colleghi decisi di provare. Alla prima esibizione era presente tra il pubblico Mohamed Hasanein Heyka, allora a capo del quotidiano “ Al Ahram” il quale scrisse dell’evento sul suo giornale. Poco dopo fummo prenotati per una festa d'alta classe in una villa a Zamalek. 

Mentre mi accingevo a danzare un brano di Umm Kulthum, la vidi di fronte a me tra il pubblico. In quel momento sia io che l’orchestra desiderammo ardentemente un terremoto così che il terreno ci inghiottisse. Ma quando finimmo , Umm Kulthum venne a congratularsi con noi. Ci disse che eravamo stati meravigliosi e che era rimasta stupita dal fatto che la band potesse interpretare così bene la canzone quando la sua orchestra aveva avuto bisogno di dozzine di prove per raggiungere lo stesso risultato. E 'stato il più grande complimento che qualcuno avrebbe mai potuto farci. Dopo ciò, sono diventata famosa per aver ballato le sue canzoni in televisione e grazie a questo il mio nome si è diffuso in tutto il mondo arabo”.

 

Oltre alle esibizioni nei club e in televisione Soheir Zaki è apparsa in più di cento pellicole cinematografiche regalando vere perle artistiche a produzioni non sempre dignitose.. A differenza di molte danzatrici quali Tahia Carioca, Naima Akef e Samia Gamal, la recitazione non le è mai piaciuta. I suoi ruoli tendevano ad essere piccoli, e si limitavano sempre alla danza . Proprio sul set di un suo film ha incontrato il suo futuro marito , il fotografo Mohamed Amara.  nipote del famoso regista Hassan el Saifi.  La vita matrimoniale sarà molto soddisfacente , ma tra gli spettacoli notturni , la TV e il cinema ci vorrà molto tempo prima che la coppia riesca a crescere. Avranno un unico figlio che chiameranno Hamada , uno dei doni più preziosi che la vita gli riserverà.

Tra la fine degli anni ‘80 e l’inizio degli anni ‘90 il vento cambio e l’Egitto fu attraversato da una grave crisi economica e politica che portò un nuovo spirito conservatore. Oltre a questo molti locali chiusero i battenti e divenne sempre più difficile esibirsi. Per contro la scena della danza del ventre subì una forte decadenza nei costumi che divennero sempre più volgari e l’aspetto lascivo si sostituì alla competenza artistica. L’età dell’oro era decisamente finita e Soheir Zaki decise di ritirarsi dalle scene. L’addio alla danza non fu indolore. In seguito al pensionamento la danzatrice avrà diversi problemi di salute, ingrasserà parecchio e per un certo periodo sarà attanagliata da una forte depressione. Con il tempo le cose si sistemeranno e comincerà a condurre un esistenza fatta di famiglia, pochi fidati amici passeggiate rilassanti.

Ciò che Soheir Zaki ha espresso con la sua danza è qualcosa di davvero indefinibile , si potrebbero impiegare molte parole per spiegarlo senza mai riuscirci davvero. La sua arte è stata poesia, la stessa poesia che si trova nelle esecuzioni dei grandi musicisti che la hanno accompagnata, la poesia dei brani di Umm Kulthum, cose che appartengono purtroppo ad un tempo che non tornerà più.

Nel corso degli anni l’immagine di Soheir Zaki è stata molto sfruttata come garanzia di qualità ed è apparsa in innumerevoli Lp , Cassette e Cd . Le pubblicazioni più vecchie, in particolar modo quelle realizzate negli anni ‘70, offrono un bellissimo esempio di quella che oggigiorno è denominata Vintage Belly Dance Music. Gli album pubblicati in tali anni contengono , nella maggior parte dei casi , musica di ottima qualità . Lo stesso non può dirsi riguardo alle pubblicazioni posteriori la cui qualità è molto discontinua. 
Tra le molte doti di questa grande artista è da annoverare uno spiccato orecchio musicale che le ha consentito di dotarsi di un ottima orchestra . Purtroppo le esecuzioni di tale orchestra non sono , per quanto se ne sa, disponibili , ma sono moltissime le pubblicazioni a nome Soheir Zaki in circolazione e non si sa mai che con il tempo qualcosa non salti fuori.

La cosa importante è che ci è data la possibilità di poterla ammirare durante le sue esibizioni sia in vari club e trasmissioni televisive sia nelle esibizioni contenute nei molti film ai quali ha preso parte . A questo proposito ho stilato una filmografia rendendo disponibile sia il film nella sua interezza sia la parte di danza eseguita da Soheir .


Segnalo infine due canali (uno su You Tube e uno su Vimeo ) presso i quali è possibile 
trovar vari filmati delle sue esibizioni .

THE CLASSIC CAROVAN  CHANNEL






Partial filmography


 




1962 Lilnisa'i faqat للنساء فقط

1963 Al Hasina' wa al Talabahu الحسناء و الطلبة   

1963 Sanawat al Hubb سنوات الحب    Soheir Dance   Movie

1963 Thaman al Hubb ثمن الحب    Movie    Soheir Dance
 

1963 Sajin al Layla سجين الليل   Soheir Dance  Movie 

1963  'elit Zizi عيلة زيزى  Movie   Soheir Dance

1964 Hikayatu gawaz حكاية جواز  Soheir Dance

1964 Nahr al Hayatنهر الحياة   Soheir Dance    Movie

1964 Hadith al Madina حديث المدينة   Soheir Dance    Movie

1964 Da’any wa al dumu’a   دعني والدموع   Soheir Dance

1964 Ana wa hua wa hia أنا وهو وهي   Soheir Dance    Movie

1964 Awal Hubb   اول حب  Soheir Dance   Movie

1964 Matloub zawja fawran مطلوب زوجة فورا   Movie    Soheir Dance 1    Soheir Dance 2

1965 Al Shaqiqani الشقيقان   Soheir Dance    Movie

1965 Dhakirat talmidha ذكريات التلمذة

1965 Mudarris khususi مدرس خصوصى   Soheir Dance   Movie

1966 Hubby fy al Qahira حبي في القاهرة

1966 Akhir al 'anqud آخر العنقود

1966 Al 'abyt العبيط    Soheir Dance

1967 Bayt al Talibat بيت الطالبات  Soheir Dance     Movie


1967 Al Liqa' Al thany Soheir Dance

1969 Min Ajihafna Awlad من أجل حفنة أولاد


1969 Al shaitan الشيطان  Soheir Dance     Movie

1969 Kayfa tatakhallas min zawjatik كيف تتخلص من زوجتك 


1969 Al Ru'ab الرعب Soheir Dance 1 Sohei Dance 2

1970 Nar ash shuq نار الشوق Movie
 

1970 Al Maganin al Thalatha المجانين الثلاثة  Soheir Dance    Movie

1970 Sara’ ma’a al mawt صراع مع الموت   Soheir Dance1    Soheir Dance 2

1971 Madrasaty al Hisna' مدرستي الحسناء  Soheir Dance    Movie


1971 Rigal fi al musida  رجال في المصيدة   Movie     Soheir dance

1971 Jessr El Ashrar جسر الاشرار  Movie

1972 ‘amashat fi al'adghal عماشة فى الأدغال Movie

1972 Muluk al Shar ملوك الشر Soheir Dance     Movie

1972 Al Khatafin الخطافين 1972    Movie

1972 Wakr Al Ashrar وكر الأشرار   Soheir Dance    Movie

1973 Abna' lilbay’a أبناء للبيع 1973  Soheir Dance     Movie

1973 Ashraf khatiat اشرف خاطئة

1973 El 'aneed العنيد   Soheir Dance   Movie

1974 La’anah Imrat لعنه امراة Movie

1974 El Fatena Wa El Saaloq الفاتنة والصعلوك   Soheir Dance       Movie

1974 layali lan ta'oud ليالى لن تعود    Movie      Soheir Dance

1975 Sual fy al hubbسؤال فى الحب  Soheir Dance    Movie

1975 Alo Ana El Qitta ألو.. أنا القطة   Soheir Dance 1   Soheir Dance 2    Movie

1975 Emraatan امراتان  Soheir Dance   Movie

1975  Sa'id al nisa'i   صائد النساء     Movie
 

1976  Fursa al  omry فرصة العمر
 
1976 wa bilwalidayn Ihsana وبالوالدين إحسانا   Soheir Dance

1977 Al Marayat المرايات   Movie

1977 Al Zawj al Muhtaram الزوج المحترم  Soheir Dance    Movie

1977 'adhra ' wa likunعذراء .. ولكن   Soheir Dance
 

1977 Liwaladi alghaby الولد الغبي

1978 Al Kalema al akhira الكلمة الأخيرة   Soheir Dance     Movie

1978 Soltana El tarab سلطانة الطرب  Soheir Dance   Movie

1978 El nadam الندم  Soheir Dance    Movie

1978 Al Qadiya al mashhura القضية المشهورة   Soheir Dance      Movie

1978 wahid ba'da wahida wans واحدة بعد واحدة ونص  Soheir Dance     Movie

1979 Qassat al Hayyu algharby 
قصة الحي الغربي  Movie

1979 Yomhil wa la yohmil يمهل ولا يهمل   Soheir Dance

1980 Lasta shaytana wa la malaka لست شيطانا ولا ملاكا

1980 Fatwae El Gabal فتوة الجبل Soheir Dance    Movie

1982 ‘arusa wa jawz 'ursan عروسة وجوز عرسان Soheir Dance   Movie

1983 Al Jawz liludean الجواز للجدعان  Soheir Dance    Movie

1983 Al dhiaab الذئاب  Soheir Dance    Movie

1983 Al Rajel Elle Ba'aa Al Shams الراجل اللي باع الشمس

1983 Inna rabak labilmirsad" إن ربك لبالمرصاد  Soheir Dance   Movie

1984 Ana Ely Astahel انا اللى استاهل   Soheir Dance     Movie 


                                                      









      






 


Ibrahim Aashmawi إبراهيم عشماوي - Belly Dance Soheir Zaki رقصة سهير زكي




A1 Dance Soher Zaki رقصة سهبر زكي
B1 Sahla صالحه
B2 Hamouda حموده
B3 Ya sarya با ساريه
B4 'uyouny Sahara عيوني سهاره


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AA.VV. - Sahra ma'a Nagwa wa Soheir سهرة راقصة مع نجوى وسهيل




A1 Nawal نوال - Farouk Salama فاروق سلامة
A2 Layaly al iskandariyya  ليالي الاسكندرية - Samir Sourur سمير سرور
A3 Mana  مانا - Ala Ahmad ala علي أحمد علي
A4 Hayatem   هياتم - Ahmad Khawatem أحمد خواتم
A5 Adl'a ya 'aris   ادلع يا عريس - Samir Sourur سمير سرور
A6 Adl'a ya rashid ادلع يا رشيدي  - Samir Sourur سمير سرور
B1 Ala Nura el 'ayn  على نور العين - Samir Sourur سمير سرور
B2 Mintash Khabaly  منتاش خبالي - Samir Sourur سمير سرور
B3 Aziza  عزيزة - Magdy Sharaf مجدي شرف
B4 Layaly Tarabulus  ليالي طرابلس - Magdy Sharaf مجدي شرف
B5 Al 'utaba jazaz   العتبة جزاز - Samir Sourur سمير سرور
B6 Ma ashrabsh al shay  ما اشربش الشاي - Samir Sourur سمير سرور



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Soheir Zaki سهير زكي - Rakset Soher Zaki رقصة سهير ذكي



A1   Salha Music
A2   Hamouda Music
A3   Yasarya Music
B1   Eyouny Sahara Music  
B2   Rakset Soher Zaki Music 
B3    Music   

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Soheir Zaki سهير زكي - Soheir Zaki Belly Dance سهير ذكي رقص شرقي






01 Raqsa Sharqiyya 1 رقص شرقي
02 Raqsa Sharqiyya 2 رقص شرقي
03 Raqsa Sharqiyya 3 رقص شرقي
04 33 Tabla 33 طبله
05 Raqsat hob رقصت حب
06 'alawahda wanos علي وحده ونص
07 Halawet Shamsena حلاوة شمسنا
08 Ta'ala Ganbe
تعالي جنبي
09 Qasem Ya Ma'allem قسم يا معلم


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Soheir Zaki سهير زكي - Music From Her Movies الموسيقى من أفلامها


                               


01  From the Movie  " Thaman al Hubb"  ثمن الحب  (1963)  
02  From the Movie  " 'elit Zizi"  عائلة زيزي  (1963)
03  From the Movie  " Hadith al Madina" حديث المدينة  (1964)
04  From the movie  " Ana wa Huwa wa Hiya"  أنا وهو وهي  (1964)
05  From the Movie  " Al 'abyt"   العبيط   (1966)
06  From the Movie  " Al ru'ab" لرعب (1969)
07  From the Movie  " Sara’ ma’a  al mawt" صراع مع الموت (1970)
08  From the Movie  " Sara’ ma’a  al mawt" part 2   صراع مع الموت (1970)
09  From the Movie  " Madrasaty al Hisna' " مدرستي الحسناء (1971)
10  From the Movie  " Wakr Al Ashrar " وكر الأشرار  (1972)
11  From the Movie  " Muluk al Shar " ملوك الشر  (1972)
12  From the movie  " Layali lan ta'oud  " ليالى لن تعود  (1974)
13  From the Movie  " Al fatena  wa el saalouk" الفاتنة والصعلوك  (1974)
14  From the Movie  " Sual fy  al hubb"  سؤال فى الحب  (1975)
15  From the Movie  " Emraatan"امرأتان  (1975)
16  From the Movie  " Alo Ana El Qitta "  لو.. أنا القطة  (1975)
17  From the Movie  " Wa Bel Waledyen Ehsanan " وبالوالدين إحسانا (1976)
18  From the Movie  " 'adhra ' wa likun" عذراء .. ولكن (1977)
19  From the Movie  " Al Zawj al Muhtaram"  الزوج المحترم  (1977)
20  From the Movie  " Al Qadiya al mashhura"  القضية المشهورة  (1978) 
21  From the Movie  " wahid ba'da wahida wans"  واحدة بعد واحدة ونص (1978) 
22  From the movie  " Yomhil wa la yohmil"  يمهل ولا يهمل (1979)
23  From the Movie  " Fatwae  El Gabal " فتوة الجبل ( 1980)
24  From the Movie  " Aroussa Wa Gouz Ersan"  عروسة وجوز عرسان  (1982)
25  From the Movie  " Al dhiaab"  الذئاب (1983)
26  From the Movie  " Inna rabak labilmirsad"  إن ربك لبالمرصاد  (1983)
27  From the Movie  " Ana Ely Astahel"  انا اللى استاهل (1984)


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Soheir Zaki سهير زكي - Aswan Dances with Soheir Zaki رقصات من أسوان مع سهير زكي







01 Belly Dance Routine (My Music Intro)
02 Balady Souher Zaki
03 Gamil Asmar
04 Tabla Solo
05 Fakkarouni (Instrumental of Om Kalsoum)
06 Finale to Belly Dance Routine


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Samir Srour & Souher Zaki سمير سرور و سهير زكي - Cairo Plus


                                             



01 Souher Zaki Fi Balady
02 Ana Zay Ma Ana
03 Hankish Ya Gadaa (Tabla Solo)
04 Dallaani Mhammad
05 Aminti Billah (Accordion Solo)
06 Ya Hassan Ya Ghoulli
07 Khatwiten Wa Ness
08 Saidi Ya Wad
09 Hasanen Wa Mouhammaden
10 Ahmad Adawiyya
11 Sawwah
12 Zourouni Koulli Sanamarra
13 Il Hilwa Di Amet
14 Gana Al Hawa


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Soheir Zaki سهير زكي - Layaly Misriyya ليالي مصرية


                                            


01 Layla habiby ليله حبيبى
02 Layla fy al Qahira ليله فى القاهره 

03 El Oqsor Baladna الاقصر بلدنا
04 Zena زينه
05 Layla misriyya ليله مصرية
06 Tablah 'ala Ramlah طبله على الرمله
07 Edlaa Ya Rashidy ادلع يارشيدي
08 El Souq El Horra السوق الحره
09 layla iskandrany ليله اسكندراني


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Soheir Zaki (Part 1 green bedlah) سهير زكي from TheClassicCaroVan on Vimeo.

Soheir Zaki (Part 2 green bedlah) سهير زكي from TheClassicCaroVan on Vimeo.
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