Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Stars of the 1990s: Howaida Hachem

Howaida Hachem, or (cue deep, heavy sigh) Houwida El Hasem or Howaida Al Hacem or Howaidah Alhashem, was (is?) a Lebanese dancer famous for her drum solo performances. She's almost too inspiring: it's all her fault that I've bitten off far more than I can chew and am going to be doing a drum solo for my performance assessment with Razia next weekend. A drum solo, needless to add, that will look nothing like one of Howaida's.

Howaida rose to prominence on LBC Television in the late 1980s, had a very successful career during much of the 1990s and then, according to, sometime during the late ‘90s/early 2000s, Howaida just – and I quote – “disappeared. She is [no] longer performing any dance shows”.

There are numerous clips of her performances on YouTube, but as for biographical information ... well, I've just shared all that I could find. I've no idea how old she is, where she lives now or even if she's still alive. Mysterious is not the word:

Here she is in 1996, which makes this shortly before she “disappeared”:

Howaida was also famous for her Lebanese Beladi, a dabke-style solo with cane. I found this clip on Bellydance Adventures:

Bellydance Adventures, like Howaida's career, is now seemingly defunct. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.

{There is the sound of a breaking window somewhere in The Raqasa's flat.}

Hey, what's that noi ....


  1. Hi there
    As far as I know,that Houaida got married,she has a son,,,she is fine,,as I know about her age that she is 40-42,,,some one close to her told me that she will appear on TV some time soon,but I dont hav any more detailes...I wanted to chare u what I know and what am Sure of about Houaida El hachem,,
    Joe Nass

  2. Hello Joe

    Thank you very much for the update on Houaida! I'm glad to know that she is well and still dancing. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

    All the best.

  3. howaida lives now in Limassol Cyprus in the tourist area