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Egyptian Shaabi: a little history
I hope you love Shaabi, the music and films I grew up with, as much as I do!  

Shaabi means of the people (working class).  Shaabi is a style of Egyptian music that originated in the late 1960s and early 1970s created by disillusioned, working class youths. 

They sang in spicy, colloquial language about the ills of society, corruption and economic problems.  They also sang about food (often a euphemism for sex) and love – all with lots of double meanings and comedy, comedy, comedy. Egyptians tend to laugh off their problems! The upper and middle classes did not like it because it questioned the status quo and used slang.

Early Shaabi singers distributed their songs on cassettes as national recording studios, radio and TV would not touch them because of the content.  Nevertheless, some, like Ahmed Adawaya, rose to international fame and starred in films.

Later, there came Shaabi comedy films. These satirical movies have the same type of content as Shaabi music and show the power of Egyptian cinema. (There's a clip from one just below.)

Since the 2011 revolution Shaabi is still going strong.  It often has a more electronic Hip-Hop sound but the lyrics are still addressing political issues. The Internet is now the way in which the sounds find an ever larger audience.

This bellydancing clip is from a funny, colourful, 2007 Shaabi film called Inner City Story.  It is a satire about Egyptian society. The two men are teaching the girl to bellydance so she can enter a competition for the prize money. There are English sub titles but I bet you can understand lots of it. It is pure bellydance fun! Enjoy!

TOP TIP: The content of some Shaabi songs means they are unsuitable for public performance but as dance music, they are the best!   Check the lyrics.   Be aware - choose with care!
Monday 17th June Islington, London

You can't help but enjoy this friendly and relaxed evening hosted by Melanie Norman in the beautiful surroundings of Islington Town Hall.

You become mesmerised by the live music of Chalf Hassan and the Arab Quarter Band who are accompanied by a splendid array of guest dancers - including Zara who will be performing for the first time to live music !!  

Plus Zara's Zouk will be there so you can come and indulge in all things sparkly!  You can check colours, sizes and try before you buy.  And, of course there is no pressure!  

Hope to see you there!

22nd June in Letchworth, Hertfordshire

Do you enjoy tribal fusion?  If so this could be just for you!

Workshops and show, hosted by Samantha and Horizon Hips Dance Guest performance by Divine Chaos Tribal!!

This is also your opportunity to check out the new tribal goodies from Zara's Zouk. Surely there will be some surprises in store!!
A legendary night returns....... 
Planet Egypt was one of the FIRST ever monthly haflas in the whole of the UK! It has been on a break for a while but this month it returns!   Details below: 


Midsummer Madness  

Saturday June 22nd from 7.30 in London


Live Music! Singing! Dancing!  

Theresa and Anne White
With Josephine Wise,  Maelle,   Gwen Booth, Nuxya and Catherine Bartholomew

Some lovely feedback  (just had to share this email) - Thank You

I am writing to let you know that I received the kaftan today! It is lovely and even better than the photo! 
I normally don't write feedback to sellers when I buy off the internet. However, I wanted to thank you for your service and communication and for being so efficient and also for a super-fast delivery! 
Best wishes, E

Please remember that you can shop with confidence at Zara's Zouk as we give a no quibble money back guarantee and our postage rates remain the same in spite of steep rises from Royal Mail.

Hope you enjoyed the newsletter this month.  Best wishes and Happy Shimmying from Zara and Sandra
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