Male belly dancers are making a big comeback in Egypt. With our obsession for copying and imitating all things Arabic it will not be long before our coral islands are jiving, shaking and ululating the belly dance...
Maybe even become a tourist attraction..
It appears that male belly dancing was very popular with the Maldivian students of Al-Azhar. I have been told in confidence that X and Z and M and C were great belly dancers during their days in Azhar dormitory. For years they have kept it a secret as Maldivians were not up to appreciating the fine points of male belly dancing.
However, now that we love and imitate all things Arab, maybe some of them will recount and regale us with their belly dancing stories and - show us those sexy moves.
CAIRO: Farid Mesbaah, male belly dancer, hopped on a car in the Shobra District of Cairo and strutted his stuff.
He clanged metal castanets, magically converted his hips into pistons and twirled his head around like a centrifuge. The crowd seated at tables lining a dirt alley clapped rhythmically. Young men in jeans jumped up to wiggle along.
Mesbaah was performing at the opening of the Old-Time Moon Café, a gig that, along with weddings, birthdays, nightclubs and circumcisions, is typical for belly dancers. Untypical, at least in recent years, are performances by men.
Male belly dancing, a centuries-old Egyptian tradition, is making a comeback - against the odds, considering its periodic suppression by government and religious officials. The problem for Mesbaah is that his craft has long been associated with homosexuality - a taboo in Egypt.
"I just like to dance," says Mesbaah, who has seven children. "It's very sensual. I've been doing it since I was little."
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