Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Photo du jour: Sherihan as a child

Sherihan: hand-tinted photo by Van Leo and found at No You Shut Up

One of my most popular posts ever* was on Egyptian star Sherihan (you can read it here) -- so naturally I just had to share this gorgeous image of her as a child.

*I know that's not saying much, but it's still true.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Stars of the 1990s: Amani of Lebanon

Happy birthday to Amani (Angel Nabil Ayoub), born this day in 1970. (It's kismet, Henry: only last night one of my teachers told me I should definitely check her out and lo and behold, it turns out today's her birthday. A post was definitely in the stars.)



I apologise for the video ticker all over this one, but I don't think I've ever posted a riq dance before. Apparently this is Andalusian-style:



Here's another tambourine dance, just to prove she has worn costumes in shades other than red. This costume gives me the wants:



Amani now runs her own Oriental Festival, and the YouTube channel (featuring her and performers from the festival) is pretty good.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

DVD for sale

My apologies for interrupting our regular service with this message -- but I figure if anyone I know would be interested in scoring a very cheap copy of Princess Farhana's amazing Bellydance & Balance: The Art of Sword and Shamadan it would be you (link is to the ebay auction).

Wonderful friends of mine gave me a copy without knowing I already had one, and the confines of my tiny home dictate that one copy must be returned to the wild.

By way of mitigating my embarrassment over briefly turning this blog into a tawdry billboard, if you're the winning bidder and send me a message via ebay with 'Occidental' in the subject line, I'll also send you a free copy of Suhaila Salimpour's Fitness Fusion Yoga DVD. How's that? The auction ends at 11:58:41 BST on Sunday, 9 June.


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