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The notorious Safinaz

I decided that in the interests of truth and understanding, I had to show my students some video footage of Safinaz. She's not my favourite dancer, but she is popular (and not always for good reasons), and she's obviously a part of current Egyptian dance culture.

So let's start with a fairly acceptable video (nice costume, good choice of music, not too much outrageous bust jiggling). Watch out for the accent at 3 minutes 30:

Going more sha'abi this time:

A well sha'abi Taht il shebbak plus bonus Fifi in the background (and OH how I WISH I knew the story behind that tv appearance!):

This one caused some consternation among my learners, because of the use of knives by the boys:

A rather nice Enta Omri. But the costume... The eyes, they burn!

There's more on my Safinaz Playlist.

And if you want to read all the goss, here's a link to various articles on the Albawaba Entertainment pages when you search for her name.


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Dec. 12th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
I am loving these clips and hoping I can catch at least one of these dancers in Cairo
Dec. 12th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
I've got a couple more to come.

If you do see any of them, you are under a solemn obligation to tell all! So far I'd go watch any of them- although, as Safi is not actually Egyptian, she doesn't get as many Cairo points as the others. I have to confess, I am basing my assumption of the Egyptianness of the others on their personal dance styles. I could be very wrong.
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