by Luna

by Luna

Luna

Luna

Blog Intro

Hello, I'm Luna, and I'd like to welcome you to "Kisses from Kairo,"* my blog about living and working as an American belly dancer in Cairo.

Life in Cairo isn't easy for dancers, foreigners, women, or even Egyptians. It is, however, always exciting. That’s why after living here for seven years, I've decided to share my experiences with the world. From being contracted at the Semiramis Hotel to almost being deported, not a day has gone by without something odd or magical happening. I will therefore fill these pages with bits of my history in Cairo—my experiences, successes, mistakes, and observations. Admittedly, my time here has been rather unique, so I want to stress that while everything I write is true, my experiences do not necessarily reflect the lives of other dancers.

In addition to my life as a belly dancer, I will write about developments in costuming, performances, festivals, and, of course, the dance itself. I will also make frequent references to Egyptian culture. I should note that I have a love/hate relationship with Egypt. If I make any criticisms about the country, please keep in mind that I do so with the utmost love, respect, and most of all, honesty. Egypt has become my home, so I want to avoid romanticizing and apologizing for social maladies, as most foreigners tend to do. Nothing could be more misguided, patronizing, or insulting.

I hope you find this blog informative, insightful and entertaining, and that we can make this as interactive as possible. That means I'd love to hear from you. Send me your comments, questions, complaints, suggestions, pics, doctoral dissertations, money, etc., and I will get back to you. Promise. :)~



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Friday, June 1, 2012

The Lesser of Two Evils

“El-Tet” 24/7 Belly Dance TV

Sorry, this is going to be long.  I have a lot to say. 

If there’s anything positive coming out of post revolutionary Egypt, it’s the new belly dance channel “El-Tet.”  El-Tet, which is based in Bahrain and has an office in Cairo, features performances by Egyptian and foreign belly dancers 24 hours a day.  That’s right.  Shimmies and undulations around the clock on national Egyptian TV.  The channel, which is a little over a year old, takes its name from the Egyptian Arabic word for the accordion/tabla section of a baladi piece. It’s actually pronounced “tit,” which conjures up the wrong images for us English speakers.  That’s why you’ll almost always see it transliterated as “El-Tet.”  Short “e,” not “i.” :)

I first encountered the new channel last December, when some of my musicians insisted they had seen me dancing on TV.  I hadn’t heard of it before and had no idea why they were saying this, although I found the idea of a channel named “The Tit” quite hilarious.  So I assumed they probably saw another dancer who resembled me.  I was right.  My tabla player showed me the clip on his mobile phone of the dancer in question, and sure enough, it wasn’t me.  Don’t know how he confused us, but then again, Egyptians tend to think all of us foreigners look alike. :)

                  Dancing to "Ya Helwa Sabah" on El-Tet

 
That night, I went home and tuned in to El-Tet.  It felt weird watching so many non-Egyptian dancers, a lot of whom I know, dancing on my Egyptian TV set.  From the US, I recognized Sadie, Sabah, and Virginia.  I saw Saida from Argentina.  From Eastern Europe, I saw Maria Shashkova, Dariya, and a bunch of other Russian and Ukranian dancers I had never heard of.  Huh.  How did that work, I wondered?  Were they YouTube clips?  Did dancers outside of Egypt know about the channel and submit their videos?  Why weren’t any of the foreign dancers working in Egypt featured?  And most importantly, I wondered, where were the Egyptian dancers?  

And then, as if to answer that last question, the channel aired a series of performances by Egyptian belly dancers.  No big names or anything.  Just average dancers on the market.  Out of the 5 Egyptians, I knew one and liked 2.  Their performances were nothing extraordinary, but I was happy to see them on the screen.  Unlike the foreigners, they were filmed on location by the channel production team.  The first time around, the team rented out some space and hired a band.  Only, the band didn’t play.  They merely took their places behind the dancers, adding to the ambiance while the dancers performed to CD.  Each one shot 3 or 4 clips—1 or 2 alongside a singer, and 2 or 3 by herself.  Most of the songs they danced to were newer shaabi songs that you hear in cabarets and took-tooks—you know, those tiny black motorized boxes that buzz around Cairo’s streets?  And the dancing was more Haram cabaret dancing than raqs shaqi, but oh well.  Tis the state of the art.  
 
Commercial Controversy
After watching the channel exclusively for 2 days, I started taking note of the commercials, which became the pretext for the arrest of El-Tet’s owner last week (he’s been released by the way).  These are in-your-face, obnoxious, homemade commercials that almost exclusively advertise all types of products for sexual enhancement, penile and breast enlargement, and magic potions for this or that problem.  The commercial for erectile dysfunction is my personal favorite.  It features the before and after pictures of a man with a long, gelled-down, drooping mustache.  The after picture shows the mustache flipping directions and steadily rising upward.  Subtle, huh?  There are also ads for lie detectors and x-ray cameras, both of which I’m dying to get. :) 

All kidding aside, the ads are in poor taste.  I mean, maybe if they were a little more subtle and professionally done, they’d be OK.  But when combined with the personals that scroll at the bottom of the screen during dancers’ performances, they can get a little revolting.  Not to mention, they give the channel and the dance an undeserved negative image.

Taking a look at the footage with the producer
Great.  I said what needed to be said.  I echoed the sentiments of many belly dancers around the world who think the channel is sleazy, and who were happy the owner was arrested for airing these commercials. Now hear me out on why I support, or rather, am willing to overlook the existence of these ads.

Simply put, El-Tet is faced with the option of accepting ads for sexual products, on the one hand, or shutting down, on the other.  In my not so humble opinion, keeping the channel running on sleazy ads is the lesser of the two evils.  Not only is this channel bringing the dance back to the people, but it’s an advancement for women, art, culture, and reason.  Conversely, it’s a slap in the face for religious fanaticism, misogyny, irrationality, ignorance and hate.  I thus applaud them for bucking against the tide of religious fanaticism that is taking the country by storm. 

As anyone in the media industry knows, ads are an indispensible source of funding.  No ads, no money.  No money, no media outlet.  Right now, these ads are the only source of revenue available to the fledgling belly dance channel.  Since belly dancing is tantamount to prostitution in Egypt, no respectable companies are willing to advertise on a channel that features belly dancing.  No mobile phone or furniture company in its right mind would pay to have their products associated with prostitution.  To make matters worse, El-Tet does not take money from any of its artists.  Even if it did, it wouldn’t be enough to sustain the channel.  It is thus forced to accept these ads in order to survive.  And I’m willing to forgive that.  Since the channel does more good than harm, we might consider accepting that at this point in history, it needs to operate under less than ideal circumstances.  

Culture War?
More importantly, I see the El-Tet incident as the latest in a larger culture war that is raging in Egypt.  Since the fall of Mubarak, religious forces have attacked culture in ways that Egypt has never seen before.  They are challenging everything from belly dancing to cinema to Pharaonic culture.  Not even the Sphinx is immune to this!  Indeed, before the arrest of El-Tet’s owner, famous Egyptian actor Adel Imam was facing a prison sentence for “blasphemy.”  The beard mafia physically assaulted cinema students at Ain Shems University for doing a reenactment of the Sadat years.  Many cabarets have either been burned down and bought out by religious groups, or closed for lack of business.  And hotels like the Grand Hyatt and Mena House have cancelled their belly dance shows altogether.  You can read more about this kind of stuff here.  

Similarly, last week’s arrest was an attack on the dance and on women.  Though the owner was arrested on charges of “facilitating prostitution” by scrolling personals on the dance clips, the real “problem” is that there are half naked women gyrating on national TV.  And we all know how religious people feel about that.  Viewers did complain about the ads, yes, but that merely gave the authorities a weapon with which to attack the channel.  This becomes evident in light of the fact that Egypt already has a TV station broadcasting personals around the clock, and that the morality police haven’t made a fuss about it.  As graphic as personals get, they are merely words.  Remember, not everyone can read.  But mostly everyone can see.  I’ll bet most viewers are too busy watching the dancers to even notice the scrolling ads.  

I’m not defending the channel because I did some shoots with them, by the way.  There’s no self-interest here whatsoever.  Even before they asked to videotape me, I realized what a major advancement this channel was for the dance, and more importantly, for Egypt.  If anything, my collaboration with the channel has given me a rare opportunity to really get to know them and their intentions.  And I can tell you they are nothing but the best. 

My Experience with El-Tet
Contrary to what I first expected, every person working for this channel is decent and respectable.  There are absolutely no slime balls, as one expects to encounter in the Egyptian dance industry.  From the owner himself to the producers and makeup artists, each person is committed to promoting belly dance as an art.  What’s even more, they spend thousands of dollars to make sure the clips they shoot are both pleasing and respectable. If you take a look at the videos, you’ll see they’re shot in beautiful villas with fireplaces, nice furniture, clocks, confetti(!), etc.  It’s obvious that they’re trying their best to create a positive image.

Working with them was quite a pleasure. Both of the times I got filmed, I would show up on location with my costumes.  The production team would then sift through them and pick the ones they liked best.  They were especially intrigued by my American flag costume, and asked me to wear it, but on both occasions, I declined.  The political climate these days makes me a little uncomfortable.  So we agreed to my newspaper costume instead. :)

Getting made up by "El-Tet's" makeup artist before the shoot
The first shoot I did was interesting.  I didn’t know what to expect.  I arrived at the villa at 10:00 am, hungry and tired, and downed one too many cups of Nescafe while waiting to be made up.  There were 4 other Egyptian dancers floating around the villa complex as well.  Some were being filmed.  Others were getting their hair and makeup done.  After quite a long wait, it was my turn to get dolled up.  The makeup and hair artists were under strict orders to keep me looking “foreign.”  That meant white foundation, no black eyeliner, no heavy eye shadow, nude lipstick, and pin straight hair.  The only thing “Egyptian” about me was my eyebrows.  You know, those V-shaped angry eyebrows that are the hallmark of Egyptian makeup artistry? ;)  

When I suggested they might want to put a little black eyeliner on me, they jokingly responded that eyeliner is for prostitutes! ;)  And when I suggested they might want to make me look a little more exotic, they told me that I was already exotic.  Well, to them I was.  To me, I just didn’t recognize myself.  Nor did I feel like a belly dancer.  But I let it go.  Perhaps they saw something I didn’t.  

Shortly after, a young man approached me with a tray full of glitter in one hand, and red lipstick in the other.  He glittered my entire body—arms, legs, tummy, chest and all—with his bare hands.  He then smudged the lipstick on my knee caps, cleavage, and armpits!  That was the first time I ever let a strange Egyptian man put his hands on me.  I wouldn’t give it a second thought in the States, but here, things are different.   Strangely enough though, he was fast and professional, and there was nothing awkward about it.

Next it was time to shoot.  The production team wanted me to dance in some narrow corridor, insisting it would look great on screen.  And it did, except that I had no room to travel or stretch my arms.  I felt like a Jeanie dancing in a bottle.  AND I used a veil for my entrance to “Set el Hosen.”  Other than my arms looking all scrunched and some major glitches in the editing, I was pleased with the final product.  

The next clip I shot was with singer Ahmed Salah.  Ahmed is a popular shaabi singer on the nightclub circuit, and kind of looks like Baha Sultan. :)  He sang a cute song called “Salamtak ya Dimaghi,” which loosely translates as “Bye-bye, my brain.”  The idea is that he loses his mind every time he sees the girl he likes. I wore my newspaper costume for this clip, and had a lot of fun shooting this.  Primarily because there were a lot of bloopers.  The best was when the huge Styrofoam wall fell on Ahmed’s head while he was singing.  We both burst out laughing, and couldn’t stop for the remainder of the shoot. ;D

                  With Ahmed Salah, "Salamtak ya Dimaghi"

The last clip I did was to Warda’s famous ”Esmaooni,” arranged and sung by the Safa Farid orchestra.  By that point in the evening, I was exhausted, starving, and wanted nothing more than to go home.  And I would have.  Except I didn’t want to be rude and walk away after I had promised them 3 clips.  So I continued and did a run-through of Esmaooni, fully aware that I wasn’t producing my best work, and not really caring.  Somehow, though, the planets aligned in my favor.  Esmaooni became the most popular clip on the whole channel, receiving more call-in and online votes than any other clip since the channel started.  Ever since, I’ve had Egyptian audiences chant “Esmaooni” over and over until I cave in and dance to it. :)  

                                          "Esmaooni"


Round 2 of my experience with El-Tet was much better.  At the very least, I knew what to expect.  And I knew to bring food and makeup with me!  This time around, I shot 4 clips.  The first was the Safa Farid version of”Ye Helwa Sabah.”  The second was an improvisation to a modern entrance piece, and the third was an tabla solo improvisation.  I shot the fourth clip with another popular shaabi singer, Ragab El-Prince.  I still don’t know the name of the song, and I haven’t been able to get a copy of this clip, but it was about a girl playing hard to get with her lover.  Working with Ragab was as much fun as working with Ahmed... although they have two very different styles.  And of course, we couldn’t finish filming without a blooper or two, most notably my bra popping off on camera!  Thank God they didn’t air any of the bloopers! 

On set with shaabi singer Ragab :)

Criticisms
El-Tet has encountered a lot of criticism.  Most of it comes from conservative Egyptians, and those who hate women and dance.  Some of it comes from belly dancers, surprisingly enough.  I guess that’s to be expected though.  Anything new and “revolutionary” is bound to be met with resistance.  Anything.  Civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights.  Belly dance TV in Egypt.  That’s just the natural trajectory of progress.
Conservative forces in Egypt have blasted the channel for allegedly “corrupting society.”  You know, the whole half-naked women jiggling thing?  That’s to be expected.  What I didn’t expect was the widespread criticism it received from the international dance community. 

As I previously mentioned, a lot of dancers were upset about the channel airing tasteless commercials and personals.  But that wasn’t the extent of the criticism.  Many, including some retired superstars, criticized the channel for displaying dance on its own.  They claimed that the only “proper” way to present dance was in the context of a film, with a story, a framework, and dramatic events.  While that’s certainly OK, I see nothing wrong with watching plain old belly dancing, without the story and framework and dramatic events.  Especially since lots of these older films get pretty Orientalist with their dance scenes.  And the dancers always play the role of some undesirable, such as a prostitute, a criminal, or a spy.  This undoubtedly has reinforced the negative image of belly dancers over the years.  Contrarily, there is none of this role playing on El-Tet.  The dancers just dance.  

Another famous dancer criticized the channel for coming at the “wrong time.”  She said that a channel like this has no place during a time of revolution…that the media should be educating people, and teaching them how to respect each other.  While I definitely agree that the media could do more to educate (rather than indoctrinate), the idea that we are in a revolution and don’t need dance distracting us is dangerous.  Some places are in a constant state of revolution.  Do we wait until they snap out of it before we give the dance the attention it deserves?  Will it not have died by then?   Of the thousands of TV channels available to Egyptians, not ONE can be dedicated to the dance?  Do they all have to feature “educational” programs geared at teaching Egyptians religion, or tolerance, or respect?  Surely there’s room for 1 or 2 belly dance channels!  Besides, who’s to say they’re not educational in their own right?!?

The last bit of criticism I’ve heard, and probably the one that has the most validity, was the channel’s practice of airing belly dancers’ YouTube clips without their permission.  I know this one pissed a lot of people off.  And I can understand that.  However I would like to point out that the whole concept of copyright is new to Egypt.  That doesn’t excuse their using people’s footage, but it explains why it’s happening.  From my conversations with the channel team about this, however, it seems that they are starting to think about these issues.


On set with Ahmed Salah
  
Benefits
For all the negatives people have pointed out, I actually think El-Tet does more good than harm.  Here’s why.
First and most importantly, it’s bringing the dance back to the people.  Thanks to El-Tet, anyone can turn on their television set and delight themselves to a belly dance performance.  This wasn’t the case before the channel came into being.  That’s because the prices for attending a belly dance show are so expensive that most Egyptians can’t afford them.  Belly dance had thus become an elite form of entertainment for the rich and other foreign dance enthusiasts.  El-Tet changed that almost overnight.  It has returned a major part of culture to the Egyptian people.  For their part, Egyptians are taking it quite seriously.  They are having all sorts of intelligent conversations about the dance.  They discuss who their favorite dancers are and why, what they think about the costumes, music selection, etc.  In short, they’re getting excited about the dance, which is a good thing all around. 

Secondly and needless to say, El-Tet is a step in the right direction for women, secularism, and art.  I don’t think I have to say anymore about that. 

Thirdly, televised belly dance is fostering a healthy spirit of competition amongst dancers.  I’ll explain what I mean by this.  Generally, there are two ways to deal with competition.  One way is to harm your competition by destroying their reputation, destroying their personal items, or engaging in other destructive activities.  This is what normally goes on here.  The second way is to outshine your competition.  Observe their performance and try to do better.  This is what El-Tet is encouraging, albeit unknowingly.  What’s happening is that dancers are now exposed to each other on the screen.  They’re observing each others’ moves, costumes, looks, and music selection, and are striving to outdo each other for the next video shoot.  This is a positive thing.  Trust me.  It’s motivating dancers to improve their dancing by observing others and creating new stuff.  Eventually, this will lead to a major improvement in the overall level of dancing here. 

El-Tet is also giving a whole new generation of dancers exposure.  Before this channel, Egyptians only knew of Dina.  Now they are hiring other dancers, including myself, for their parties.  Which is great.  There are lots of dancers out there who need the work and the exposure, and a few who are real star material.  Providing the beards don’t destroy the dance completely, this channel is priming a new generation of stars who will actually be known to the Egyptian public the way that Samia, Fifi, Soheir, and Nagwa were. 

Personally speaking, I’ve benefitted from being featured on the channel.  Publicity is always a good thing.  I also like hearing and reading Egyptians’ comments about my dancing.  Don’t get me wrong though.  Just the thought of dancing on national TV in Egypt is nerve wracking.  It means that everyone is watching me. Everyone.  Men, women, young, old, religious fanatics, other dancers, agents, producers, and the list goes on.  That’s a lot of pressure.  I’m not too happy about landlords and neighbors watching this channel, as I could and have been evicted for being a belly dancer.  And I’m not too sure how I feel when random people sing the songs I danced to when they see me on the street.  I mean, I’m so used to being “undercover.” These people are blowing my cover!  It’s nice to know that people recognize me though. :)


Performing "Set El-Hosen" in the narrow corridor :)

I’ve also been personally criticized for appearing on the channel.  Some said that because the level of dancing on the channel was rather low (and low class), I’d ruin myself by appearing on it.  Others said people would get tired of seeing my face.  Still others suggested I’d be exposed to a whole lot of unwanted harassment and criticism.  I considered all of the above before agreeing to be filmed, and in the end, I decided what the heck.  You only live once.  I’m a sucker for new experiences, even if they’re not always good.  This experience, however, turned out to be more than good, and I’m so happy I took them up on their offer to be videotaped.  If nothing else, it’s inspired me to write the longest blog post in history!

19 comments:

  1. How fascinating! It's a shame about the sleazy ads, but I can definitely see your point about it being the lesser of two evils. That link to the Shira article isn't working, would be interesting to read that as I don't really see how anyone could have a problem with dance on its own. I wonder if they feel the same way about abstract contemporary dance or a pas de deux from a classical ballet presented on its own in another context...?

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    1. Hi Miriam!
      Thanks for writing. I'm pretty sure they don't feel the same way about contemporary dance being presented on its own. Something really strange about Egyptians, especially the older generation, they seems to have an inferiority complex regarding all things Egyptians. If it's Egyptian, it's bad. Or not as good as something foreign. Just something I seem to notice. I hope this point of view changes. And I'll try to repost that link to Shira's article.

      All the best,
      Luna

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  2. Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts on this! I enjoy reading every one of your posts, and I'd like to add, the longer, the better!
    I think you make excellent points about bringing the dance to the foreground with this channel and your clips are absolutely great. It's inspiring to me, as an American dancer, to see another American who is participating so fully in the Egyptian scene in a brave yet positive way. Bravo! Time will tell how this new development will influence the evolution of the dance, but one cannot prevent it's evolution. Regarding the article on Shira's site, I found Nagwa Fouad's comment about Hizzi ya Nawaem's dancers being trained for 6 months before filming, therefore being preferable to el Tet's dancers, strange. Its like saying that MTV shouldnt run videos of professional musicians because the contestants on American Idol are trained for a few months by professionals. Apples and oranges.
    In any case, please explain the red lipstick on the knees and armpits! My mind will never be at peace otherwise!
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  3. Hi Arabesque, thanks so much for your comments and support! To answer some of your questions... I also found Nagwa's comments about the channel a bit disturbing. Hizzi ya Nawaem is a competition, and features mostly foreign dancers, so I could why they would prepare the contestants 6 months in advance. El-Tet is not a competition, and depends mainly on Egyptian talent. So yes, apples and oranges. Plus there's a lot of natural talent on El-Tet. A part of me feels like a lot of these older artists are a bit bitter that their time has past. I could be wrong, and I don't mean to be mean, but why else would they react so negatively to this channel. Seriously, the dancing isn't that bad, and I honestly do believe it's a positive development. As for the red lipstick on the armipits, knees, and chest, I have NO idea. I wanted to ask, but at the time I was still processing the fact that this man had his hands all over my body! LOL. I will ask around though, and if I find out, will let you know. :)

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  4. Fascinating and well thought out....for dancers and non-dancers.

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  5. thank youfor writing this, I really enjoyed reading your perspective. In terms of people talking about the dance, we've seen it in the states, the resurgence of interest in ballroom, modern, jazz etcetera with the shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, etc. I'm sure that purists in those forms lament that there are relatively inexperienced dancers taking the limelight for dancing these forms when there are stars who have never been recognized by the GP.

    I'm glad the channel exists and hope that it continues. Congratulations on your success with it.

    Best,
    Jemileh, Boston

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    1. Thank you Jemileh! Great that you pointed out the similarity between this channel and the dance shows we have in the US. I actually didn't think of that at all, but you're right about how they get the GP excited about dance. Only, El-Tet isn't a competition... yet! :) Also though, I don't think the girls who appear on the channel are taking the limelight away from the "real" stars. Dina, Randa, Aziza and Dandash have all appeared on the channel... I think the problem is with the older, retired generation of dancers who are naturally more conservative in outlook, and perhaps experiencing some bitter-sweet nostalgia?

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  6. Wow, super eye opening. I had no idea this channel had so much controversy. I love it! I only watch it on youtube so I have never seen the sleazy ads but they prob less sleazy then the ones we have here (USA) after 12am.
    Keep pushing Luna, the art of belly dance is getting lost in the Middle East.

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    1. Thank you Nadia. I agree that the art is dying here. Hopefully this channel can help save it. All the best-- Luna

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  7. I'm so glad you shared this! I had no idea this channel existed. And you're such an accomplished writer. Your blog is a joy to read. :-)

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  8. Luna,

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. What a great inside peak to what's going on with dance in Egypt.

    I wonder if showing clips and videos of the golden era dancers on El-Tet would allay their concerns and fears. I know, I personally would love to watch the old and new styles, costumes and musical interpretations together throughout the day!

    Thanks again for the insight!

    Kalaa

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  9. Thanks for your comment Kalaa. El-Tet actually does air performances of the Golden Era dancers. So far I've seen Soheir Zaki and Zizi Mustafa and Fifi. But their main focus is creating a media venue for new talent, which I think is great. It's a real shame that in the belly dance world, we only look back for inspiration. We should be able to look forward too. Thanks again and much love.

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  10. Hi Luna,

    I have a question... who sings the "Ya Helwa Sabah" ? I am having a hard time finding it on itune. I have to watch your video so I can cure my head from singing the song. lol. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind watching your videofor the 10th time because you are fantastic and inspiring. But I can't put Youtube when i leave my house... so i need this song. lol Thank you Anjali

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    1. Hi Anjali,
      Thanks so much for your comments. The version of "Ye Helwa Sabah" that I danced to is sung by Safa Farid. You can find on Yasmina of Cairo's CD "Heya Di Yasmina." Thanks and enjoy. :)

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  11. Hi Luna,

    I have a question... who sings the "Ya Helwa Sabah" ? I am having a hard time finding it on itune. I have to watch your video so I can cure my head from singing the song. lol. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind watching your videofor the 10th time because you are fantastic and inspiring. But I can't put Youtube when i leave my house... so i need this song. lol Thank you Anjali

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  12. This was an amazing article by you Luna, and I want to say, "Thank YOU" for opening my eyes to the culture of belly dance on TV in Egypt!

    I am not surprised that it is not well liked with the ads. However, I am so glad to see it exists. I can learn a lot from it. I wish I had the money to support that TV show! :)

    I will say that I am so proud of you Luna! Glad to hear you promoting this channel. There are always the other people out there to voice their opinions one way or another.

    One last thing...I love your videos! Amazing dancing. Very beautiful. I love that newspaper costume too!

    Thanks so much for sharing with me!

    Hugs,

    Kerri
    San Antonio, Texas

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    1. Hi Kerri,
      Thanks so much for your kind words and support. And Glad you like the channel! You can check out their YouTube channel "Eltetchannel" to see some more recent vids. Wishing you the best in dance and life. :)

      --Luna

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