Friday, 21 October 2011

Libyan zokra

Yesterday, it was confirmed that Gaddafi is dead. Hopefully, the people of Libya will be able to reclaim their country (which is apparently beautiful) and rejoin the world community.

Apparently, this is a clip of a pair of Libyan women performing to 'zokra' music. Nope, I'd never heard of it but there is a lot available on YouTube. It was part of International Night at the Vivaldi Hotel in Malta, so hence the watermark on the clip.

It's very folkloric, the 'big dress' is apparently called an 'albdlah alkbirah', and I intend to direct people to this when they ask me if "belly dancing is like lap dancing" (true story):

Fingers crossed that we will now be able to learn a lot more about Libyan culture now that their country is not cut off from the world by an evil despot.


  1. In this particular video, is this more of a social dance or an actual professional performance dance?

    I just love the billowy-ness of the costume and how the dancer in the colorful costume uses it to her advantage.

  2. This vaguely looks like Ouled Nail dancing (or at least the re-enactments I've seen).... cool!

  3. @FamousFeline: Honestly, I don't know if this is a professional or social performance. If I had to make a guess, I'd say professional - I think they're on a cultural exchange tour.

    @Rae: Now that you mention it, it DOES look a bit like Ouled Nail! Geeze, I never twigged :/