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4
Sep

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf-TJQxWrBY&feature=related[/youtube]

It’s that time of the month again when I am thinking about belly dancers and my choice for September is a rather obscure dancer who doesn’t even have a wikipedia entry. She couldn’t have been that unknown in her time as she is in a film with two big stars, Ismail Yassin (wearing a hat at the first table; he gets up as she nears his table) and the pretty boy sitting next to him whose name I don’t know but I’ve seen him as a leading man in many films of that period. Anyhow, my dancer’s name is Ne’mat Mukhtar and she is not particularly special except for her lovely hips who seem to have a life of their own. She also has a saucy expression which I like though I wish I knew what the man in the fez who is by the bar has wrapped in the scarf for her. I don’t seem to be able to work it out. Anyone who knows, please leave a comment. Thanks!


4
Aug

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlPnuHV9_Qw&feature=mh_lolz&list=FLIZ5XBBT6zog[/youtube]

It’s official. Kitty Fotsaty is my new favourite belly dancer. I had never heard of Kitty until I started looking for my belly dancer for August. Still, she must have been a big star in her day. The film from which this clip is taken seems to be a lavish production and in other clips that I watched, she stars alongside Ismail Yassin who was the biggest Egyptian comedian of his time — just as big as Laurel & Hardy and just as hilarious. But to go back to Kitty, she has a beautiful body, thinner than the average belly dancer but very shapely; and she doesn’t have a silly expression as she dances. In fact, she is very pretty and very cute; and I just love her sinuous, supremely sexy movements. I am dedicating this video to all those civil servants who surf the net on taxpayers money in search of belly dance classes! Thank you Fuchsia for this amusing bit of news.


8
Jun

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ROra-QAATk&NR=1[/youtube]

There is an Arabic word that my sisters and I loved using when I lived in Beirut, mulazlazeh meaning plump but with a faintly vulgar connotation. And when I found this Turkish dancer on youtube, I immediately thought “wow, she really is mulazlazeh!”. Perhaps even more than a little more than plump, I would say verging on being fat , at least by today’s standards. I don’t thinks she is such a great dancer but I like her all the same and just the opening sequence of her being unrolled onto the stage made me want to adopt her as my belly dancer of the month. I love how her plump hips shake and how her fixed smile changes into a rather sexy expression as she languidly lifts her hair, almost as if she was daring her male audience to come up and touch her. I know that I would have wanted to grab those hips if I had been there just to feel the wobbly flesh! Her name is Negiz Mogol and the clip is from 1954.


23
Aug

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhwuwkEfwdI[/youtube]

A French friend once told me that dancing was the vertical expression of horizontal intentions. I can’t dance. So, if I need to express such intentions, I have to resort to other means! But Tahiya Carioca sure can. And the way she expresses it is beyond sexy, and without being in the least bit vulgar. The more I watch her videos, the more I wonder why I ever thought she was. It must have been my silly French convent school in Beirut that made me seriously prejudiced against belly dance then. Too bad. I missed out on seeing her in real life when I could have.