While our brothers and sisters in Egypt continue to fight for freedom, I have been closely following the situation through the Arab view and the U.S. view. I have sadly realized that I do not personally know one Egyptian to discuss and share my solidarity with. In addition, most people here want to remain in their bubble and feel okay to not know what is going on. I always wanted to visit Egypt – to see where the White and Blue Nile meet, to experience a sunset among the pyramids, to discover the riches of Cleopatra and Nefertiti. I find Egypt to be so exotic and enchanting. So, I decided to put together a little fun-fact-post about things from Egypt that interest me, outside of politics.
Did you know that braids date back to ancient Egypt? A common look for men and women was to thread beads on braids until the entire braid was covered. Even Cleopatra rocked braids once in a while. They used henna to color their hair and condition it. Wigs were also used routinely to achieve extravagant styles and to protect their own hair from the heat.
Egypt’s culture is so rich and exotic. Even though it is difficult to find information or work by international artists in the U.S, I found two musical artists that I really like.
Ruby (born Rania Hussein Mohammed Tawfik) is an Egyptian singer, actress, and occasional model. She rose to fame in 2003 with her debut single “Enta Arif Leih.” The video below is my top pick, “Yal Ramoush.” She is so beautiful!
Mohamed Hamaki (born Mohamed Ibrahim Hamaki) is an Egyptian singer. In 2010 he won the award for “Best Arabic Act” in the MTV Europe Music Awards. I like two of his songs: Leh Ya Habibi and Ahla Haga Feeki
Egypt has a fabulous sense of style. The two major designers that I could find were Dagher Courture and Soucha Couture.
Dagher Couture: “Not every dress suits every woman. What matters is that she wears something that precisely suits her.”
Mireille Dagher Couture: Mireille is from Lebanon, but her works spans the region, including Egypt.
Soucha Couture - my current favorite! You have to check out the collections section on their site.
As for films, the only famous Egyptian actor that I know of is Omar Sharif. He was in “Dr. Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia.” He has won three Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Of course, no one can talk about Egypt without mentioning Cleopatra. A fictional memoir was written about her by Margaret George. I have heard its pretty interesting and plan to read it myself at a later date. The Memoirs of Cleopatra
So, these are a few things I found about Egypt. You would not believe how difficult it is to find authentic and unique facts, pictures, music, etc. about anything outside of this country. If any of you have access or know more about these things, please let me know. I definitely want to add more Egyptian music to my library and some dresses to my closet.