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Busy Day

Yes I managed to actually *do* stuff today. This morning it was the Old Market, where I wandered around, apparently the only non-Egyptian person doing so. Maybe next time I shouldn't go so early in the day. Then this afternoon, I did a load of sunning myself (vrey gently) and bobbing about the pool, and fending off people who want to sell me massages or pedicures or threading my eyebrows. And this evening, I was at the Fantasia Alf Leyla Wa Leyla, which was brilliant fun. So that's another show seen, which is all good in the hood.

Of the morning good, I managed to locate, all by myself, a music shop, and immediately asked for some Sha'abi music. Because that's what's so hard to get hold of for me. I got a Sha'aban CD, mainly so I know what NOT to dance to, and also, because I like his sound. I also found a bellydance cd by Hani Mehanna, which is a name I know from Hilal days, and have never been able to find his stuff anywhere, so fingers crossed that this one has some decent stuff. And I also bought three mp3 discs, which is like a cd, but because the tracks are all mp3s you can get waaaaaaaay more of them on a disc, so there's like 100 tracks on each disc! They've got to be bootleg as whoah, but I've paid money for them in good faith, so I'm not going to get too angsty about it. I got one of Adawaya, one of Abdel Basit Hamouda and one of Tarek el Sheikh (I think that's what the shopkeeper called him) another emo-sha'abi singer.

I was going to get some bellydance dvds (more likely to be vcds, in my experience of Egyptian so-called-dvds) but I realised I didn't have enough money and my bank card was in my English purse back at the hotel. But I'm definitely going back with more cash! One can never have too much Suhair Zaki footage.

I now need to have a listen to my booty! The Alf Leyla details are going to have to wait for a separate post. Just as a teaser, I have taken video footage (and that seems to have been way more successful than the photos). I had a fab night!



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 28th, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
sounds like you are having a wonderful time! *is envious and plots a livejournal retreat to egypt*
Aug. 29th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Ohhh, wouldn't that be the coolest?
Aug. 28th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
looking forward to hearing about the show. Sounds like you are having a good time, I'm enjoying reading about it
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