Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Pandemonium in pink: Candi Bell

God, it's grim Up North. Or is it?



No wonder people start teaching. Where else are you going to get a group of dancers to big you up?

This was Candi Bell's 2010 farewell to the Jewel of Yorkshire (JOY) festival, and is a tribute to Argentinian dancer Asmahan of Cairo (now Miami) who was known for her dramatic entrances -- bare-chested men bearing her aloft on a throne and so forth. Here she is "coming out of her shell" (fnah!):


You get the idea. Just don't confuse her with the American dancer Asmahan of London or the Syrian Druze singer, Asmahan.

I've had a link to Candi's now-seemingly-defunct website here since this blog kicked off, but I'd never seen her dance until May's Arabesque Nights, when she came out with shocking-pink Isis wings emblazoned with CANDI in electric blue across the back. I think this clip captures her wit, energy and joie de vivre very well.

(The music is Rania's Hilwa Laabi Di, and you can get it either here or on iTunes.)

2 comments:

  1. Candi has a new website:
    http://rakscandi2.weebly.com

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  2. Thank you Beafarhana! I have updated the link list accordingly. Candi is awesome. xo

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