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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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 .


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


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


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   


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


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)


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


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


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


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

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

martedì 8 maggio 2018

Arab tunes mixtape # 38 - Contemporary Arab Tunes

A Mixtape that takes a look at the contemporary Arab music scene. The sonic incursions of Hello Psycaleppo, the vocal harmonies of Emel Mathlouti, the post punk of Kaleb and Smokable, the futuristic Electro Chabi of Islam Chipsy.

A heterogeneous Mixtape, which photographs (partially) one of the most electrifying scenes on the planet.

Arab tunes mixtape # 38 - Contemporary Arab Tunes

01 Sofiane Saidi - Gasbah Ya Moul Taxi
02 47 Soul - Sabah
03 Bu Kolthoum - Zamilou
04 Mashaa Ramle - Ya Bu Rdayyen Ft Enas el Said
05 Kelab - Al yawm al'alamy lilrajul
06 Emel Mathlouthi - Thamlaton
07 Al Akhareen - Ana Al Aaris
08 Islam Chipsy - EL Kahraman
09 Love & Revenge - Batwaness Bik in
10 Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh - El Shahwa Wel Soaar
11 Yasmine Hamdan - Al Jamilat
12 Hello Psychaleppo - Anqa
13 El Rass - You still cant belly dance b
14 Nadah El Shazly - Afqid Adh-Dhakira
15 Smokable - Jacket Jeld
16 Aqsa Alwasat - Eshrabini


venerdì 6 aprile 2018

Wadih El Safi وديع الصافي

A true legend of Arab music, Wadih El Safi was a very successful Lebanese singer and actor.

Born under the name of Wadi Béchara Francis in the city of Niha el Chouf on November 21, 1921, he lived a childhood subject to economic hardship. Second
of eight children moved with the family in Beirut in 1930 and conducted his studies at the convent of the Catholic Savior, the only Maronite Christian of the institute. His schooling ended three years later when he was forced to abandon his studies to help his father, a lieutenant of the Lebanese gendarmerie, to financially support his family.

In 1938, at the age of sixteen, he participated in a competition held by Near East Radio with the song "Ya mursil al naghum al hunnun". The examining committee composed of Michel Khayat, Salim El Helou, Albert Dib and Mohieddin Salam was very impressed by his voice and awarded him the first place.
This event allowed him to become known nationally and start a wonderful career. His first compositions consisted of adaptations in music of famous Lebanese poems and drew on his rural education and love for traditional melodies, all remixed with a new urban sound that helped to create a modernization of national popular music.

A versatile artist with a powerful tenor voice, Wadih El Safi soon became known both for his performances and for the themes of his songs, mainly focused on moral values and love for his own country.

In 1944 he embarked on a journey through Egypt during which he met the great musician Mohamed Abdel Wahab who will say after listening to the song "wa law" taken from one of his first films: "It is unreasonable for someone to have such a voice".

In 1947 he moved for a period of three years to Brazil accompanied by trusted musicians. Once back home he recorded the song "'alloma" which became incredibly popular all over Lebanon.

In the late 50s he collaborated with various musicians, including Filmon Wehbe, Rahbani Brothers, Zaki Nassif, Walid Gholmieh, Afif Radwan, Tawfiq El Basha and Sami El Sidawi, to a project aimed at the rebirth of the Lebanese song through the Baalbeck festival. The performances of the various artists will become a record series of great artistic value. Throughout his career he will collaborate with several poets, composers and performers, the Rahbani brothers, Farid al Atrach, Fairuz, Sabah (with whom I will shoot some films) are perhaps the most famous, but will always prefer to sing songs of his composition.
With the beginning of the conflict that will affect Lebanon for a few years, Wadih El Safi will move first to Egypt, then to Britain, to settle in 1978 in Paris. In the eighties he began to compose spiritual melodies as a consequence of the suffering and misfortunes that the war had inflicted on his motherland and on his countrymen.

Over time he has become a real institution providing a model with which every aspiring interpreter has had to confront himself. During his long career he has received many honors and has performed all over the world singing in various languages.

In 1990 he underwent open heart surgery after which he quietly resumed his artistic activity. At the age of 80, at the request of the Lebanese producer, Michel El-Fatriades embarked on a world tour in the company of singer Jose Fernandez and singer Haneen. The performances have found an unprecedented success, giving prestige to its already solid reputation.

He died on 11 October 2013, at the age of 92, following cardiac complications due to an illness that had already weakened him. He will be buried in Niha el Chouf, his hometown while the funeral ceremony will be held at the Saint George Maronite Cathedral in Beirut. After the ceremony the coffin will be carried on the shoulders through the streets of Beirut, greeted by rose throwings while the song "Talwa Hbabna Talwa", written years before by the Rahbani Brothers, will be played in the background. Various political figures and numerous Syrian and Lebanese artists will take part in his funeral, including: Sabah Fakhri, Aabad Fahd, Marcel Khalife, Majda Roumi, Assi El Helani, Walid Tawfik and Elias Rahbani.

Vera e propria leggenda della musica araba, Wadih El Safi è stato un cantante e attore libanese di grande successo.

Nato con il nome di Wadi Béchara Francis nella città di Niha el Chouf il 21 novembre 1921 , visse un infanzia soggetta a privazioni economiche . Secondo di otto figli si trasferì con la famigia a Beirut nel 1930 e condusse i suoi studi presso il convento del Salvatore Cattolico , unico cristiano maronita dell'istituto. Il suo percorso scolastico si interruppe tre anni dopo quando fu costretto ad abbandonare gli studi per aiutare il padre, luogotenente presso la gendarmeria libanese , a sostenere economicamente la famiglia.

Nel 1938, all'età di sedici anni, partecipò ad un concorso indetto dalla Near East Radio con il brano " Ya mursil al naghum al hunnun " . La commissione esaminatrice composta da Michel Khayat, Salim El Helou, Albert Dib e Mohieddin Salam rimase molto colpita dalla sua voce e gli assegnò il primo posto.

Questo evento gli permise di farsi conoscere a livello nazionale iniziando così una splendida carriera. Le sue prime composizioni consistevano in adattamenti in musica di celebri poesie libanesi e attingevano alla sua educazione rurale e all'amore per le melodie tradizionali, il tutto rimiscelato con un nuovo suono urbano che contribui a creare una modernizzazione della musica popolare nazionale .

Artista versatile dotato di una potente voce tenorile , Wadih El Safi divenne ben presto noto sia per le interpretazioni che per le tematiche dei suoi brani principalmente focalizzate su valori morali e amore per proprio il paese.

Nel 1944 intraprese un viaggio attraverso l’Egitto durante il quale conobbe il grande musicista Mohamed Abdel Wahab il quale affermerà dopo aver ascoltato il brano “ wa law” tratto da uno dei suoi primi film : "È irragionevole per qualcuno avere una tale voce ".

Nel 1947 si trasferì per un periodo di tre anni in Brasile accompagnato da fidati musicisti. Una volta tornato in patria incise il brano “’alloma” che divenne incredibilmente popolare in tutto il Libano.

Verso la fine degli anni '50 collaborò con vari musicisti , tra i quali Filmon Wehbe , i Rahbani Brothers , Zaki Nassif , Walid Gholmieh , Afif Radwan , Tawfiq El Basha e Sami El Sidawi , ad un progetto teso alla rinascita della canzone libanese attraverso il festival di Baalbeck. Le esibizioni dei vari artisti diverranno una serie discografica di grande valore artistico. Nel corso della sua carriera collaborerà con svariati poeti, compositori e interpreti ,i fratelli Rahbani, Farid al Atrach, Fairuz, Sabah ( con la quale girerò alcuni film ) sono forse i più famosi, ma preferirà sempre cantare brani di sua composizione.

Con l'inizio del conflitto che interesserà il Libano per alcuni anni , Wadih El Safi si trasferirà in un primo momento in Egitto, quindi in Gran Bretagna , per stabilirsi nel 1978 a Parigi . A partire dagli anni Ottanta comincerà a comporre melodie spirituali come conseguenza della sofferenza e delle disgrazie che la guerra aveva inflitto sulla sua madrepatria e sui suoi connazionali.

Con il tempo è divenuto una vera e propria istituzione fornendo un modello con il quale ogni aspirante interprete ha dovuto bene o male confrontarsi . Nel corso della sua lunghissima carriera ha ricevuto svariate onorificenze e si è esibito in tutto il mondo cantando in svariate lingue .

Nel 1990 ha subito un intervento chirurgico a cuore aperto dopo il qual ha tranquillamente ripreso la sua attività artistica . All'età di 80 anni dietro richiesta del produttore libanese Michel El-Fatriades ha intrapreso un tour mondiale in compagnia del cantante Jose Fernandez e della cantante Haneen. Le esibizioni hanno riscontrato un successo senza precedenti dando lustro alla sua già solida reputazione.

Morirà l’11 ottobre del 2013 , all’età di 92 anni , in seguito a complicazioni cardiache dovute ad una malattia che lo aveva ormai debilitato . Sara sepolto a Niha el Chouf ,sua città natale mentre la cerimonia funebre si terrà presso la Saint George Maronite Cathedral di Beirut. Dopo la cerimonia la bara sarà portata sulle spalle attraverso le strade di Beirut, accolta da lanci rose mentre sullo sfondo veniva suonata la canzone "Talwa Hbabna Talwa", scritto anni prima per lui da i Fratelli Rahbani .Alle sue esequie parteciperanno svariate personalità politiche e numerosi artisti siriani e libanesi tra i quali : Sabah Fakhri, Aabad Fahd , Marcel Khalife, Majda Roumi, Assi El Helani , Walid Tawfik ed Elias Rahbani . 

Wadih El Safi وديع الصافي - Some Of Wadi' Safi's Favourites من أحلى أغنيات

A1 Ma Atwalak Ya Leyl ما أطولك يا ليل
A2 Kalbi قلبي يهواها
A3 Bitrihlak Mishwar فالت بتروحلك مشوار
A4 Hasanak ya zin حسنك يا زين
A5 Abo Ilzolof أبو الزلف
A6 Ya Rabaana ربع الهنا
B1 Ramshet رمشة عينك
B2 Lala لا لا عيني
B3 Ya Rayt يا ريت يا قلب
B4 Tallo 7Babna طلوا حبابنا
B5 Al'arus العرس
B6 Ya Ghzayel يا غزيل

Wadih El Safi وديع الصافي - Wadih El Safi وديع الصافي

A1 Al allah Teoud على الله تعود على الله
A2 Weili Law Yedroun ويلي لو يدرون
A3 Habibi Ou Nour Aynaye حبيبي ونور عيني
A4 Ya Ouyoun Baba يا عيون بابا
B1 Ha Dalouniye هالدلعونية
B2 Heyhat Ekhtor هيهات اخطر على باله
B3 Idi Ala Khadi ايدي على خدّي
B4 Elleyle Mech Bokrah الليله مش بكره

Wadih El Safi وديع الصافي - Chou Ad Baddi Fik Ya Albi شو عاد بدي فيك ياقلبي

A1 Chou Ad Baddi Fik شو عاد بدي فيك ياقلبي
A2 Idik El Ghali عيدك الغالي
A3 Ya Albi Hin Aleiha ياقلبي حن عليها
B1 Nater Habibi ناطر حبيبي
B2 Kermal Albi كرمال قلبي
B3 Warde Behawd El Dar وردة بحوض الدار

Wadih El Safi & Sabah وديع الصافي و صباح - Songs Of Lebanon أغنيات من لبنان

A1 Aandak Bahariya
A2 Zara'Ana Telalek Ya Beladi
A3 Larmilek Hali Menelalli
B1 Rabie Loubnana
B2 Hayhat Yabou Zoulouf
B3 Ya Kamar Eddar
B4 Baadon Bi Bali

Wadih El Safi وديع الصافي - Rage'et Wahdi رجعت وحدي

A1 Rage'et Wahdi رجعت وحدي
A2 Al Yadi El Yadi عاليادي اليادي
A3 Min Metlak مين متلك يا حبيب القلب
B1 Baetlak Salami باعتلك سلامي
B2 Sort Mitlak Bay صرت متلك بي يابيي

Wadih El Safi وديع الصافي - Khdoudha Al Ahla خدودها الاحلى

A1 Ghdr El Zaman غدر الزمن
A2 Khoudha Al Ahla خدودها الاحلى
A3 Int Wou Ana Ya Lail انت وانا يا ليل
B1 Atchan Albi عطشان قلبي
B2 Fakir Bioulou El Bachar فقير بقولوا البشر
B3 Rejeet Halimi رجعت حليمي

Wadih El Safi وديع الصافي - Katr El Nada قطر الندى

A1 Al Dabké عالدبكة
A2 Katr El Nada قطر الندى
A3 Tjawast Rahet Ya Hawa Alayé تجوزت راحت يا هوى علي
B1 Mahma Talet Ferketna مهما طلت فرقتنا
B2 Mawal (Habibi Ad Ma Teksa ) موال - حبيبي قدما تأسى
B3 Rah Khabrek An Halti راح خبرك عن حياتي

Wadih El Safi وديع الصافي - Youghani Loubnan يغني للبنان

A1 Loubnan لينان
A2 Bayt Min Loubnan بيت من لبنان
A3 Mawal Jabalna موال جبلنا
B1 Sayajna Loubnan سيجنا لينان
B2 Balad Ah Ya Baladi بلد أه يا بلدي
B3 Jannat جنات
B4 Wadi Ya Jroudi ودي يا جرودي


Wadih El Safi  وديع الصافي - Ya Bladi يا بلادي

A1 Jannat جنات
A2 Albi Wein قلبي وين وقلبك وين
A3 Niyalak نيالك
A4 Al Lail Moussafer الليل مسافر
B1 Oudou عودوا
B2 Allah Ya Jazi الله يجازي
B3 Ya Bladi يا بلادي
B4 Ma Fi Nassib ما في نصيب



Wadih El Safi  وديع الصافي  -  The Best Of Al-Safi    الصوت الصافي  ‎

A1 Lubnan Ya Qit' It Sama لبنان يا قطعة سما
A2 Lildhaif Maftuha Manazilnaللضيف مفتوحة منازلنا
A3 La Inta Radhi لا انت راضي ولا انا راضي
A4 Al-Bir البير
B1 'Irzalna Al-Akhdar عرزالنا الاخضر
B2 Ghabit Al-Shams غابت الشمس
B3 Bilsaha Tlaqayna بالساحة تلاقينا
B4 'Ammir Ya M'ammir عمر يا معمر لأعمار


Wadih El Safi  وديع الصافي  -  The Best Of Al-Safi - Volume 2  الصوت الصافي  ‎– أشهر الأغاني - الجزء الثاني


A1 Jayine Ya Arz El Jabal جايين يا ارز الجبل
A2 Mijana Ou Itaba ميجانا وعتبا
A3 Ya Weyl Hali يا ويل حالي
A4 An Najmat النجمات صاروا يسألوا
B1 Ya Oum Al Dafayer يا أم الضفاير
B2 Tallaani Darja Darja طلعني درجة درجة
B3 Ouyounek Akhazouni عبونك أخدوني
B4 Ya Sakhrat Al Mina يا صخرة المينا
B5 Ouyounha El Kahla عيونها الكحلي

Wadih El Safi وديع الصافي - The Best Of Al-Safi - Volume 3 الصوت الصافي ‎– أشهر الأغاني - الجزء الثالث

A1 Katalouni Ouyouna'ssoud قتلوني عيونا السود
A2 Jin Addar جينا الدار
A3 Endi Jarah عندي جارة
A4 In Jadd El Jadd ان جد الجد
A5 Tallet Tetmakhtar طلت تتمخطر
A6 Kintou Hanayen كنتو حناين
A7 Al Hada عالهدا
B1 Marakoul Hassadeen مرقوا الحصادين
B2 Rah Halfak Ya Tayr راح حلفك يا طير
B3 Al Kadoumieh عا القادومية
B4 Sha'ab El Hawa Oushebna شاب الهوى وثبنا


 Filmography (very) partial

1964 Inta omry انتعمري


1966 Mawwal موال


1970 Nar as shuq نار الشوق

1975 Aris al tahaddi عرس التحدي

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