Must-Know Songs for Belly Dancers: “Fakkarouni”
Who, what and when?
“Fakkarouni” is yet another Oum Kalthoum classic on our list. This one was originally released in 1966 with music by Mohamed Abdel-Wahab and lyrics by Abdel-Wahab Mohamed – yes, you read that right! These are two different artists! This period of collaboration is considered to be the final phase of Oum Kalthoum’s career, a time when she began to accept some of the western musical elements in Abdel-Wahab’s compositions.
What is this song about?
“Fakkarouni” means “They Reminded Me”. The singer is reminded of a great love in her past that she has almost gotten over. Old wounds are reopened and she pines once again for her lover who is gone.
…They injured the injury that was close to remaining a memory
They kept me awake living for tomorrow. I live for tomorrow and the day after
Oh my life, I am confused, on fire and jealous
And my desire for you, I run fleeing from my self torment….
As you can see, this is not an appropriate song choice for a happy, romantic occasion like a wedding or anniversary. Many dancers adore this song, but save it for the stage or other public performance rather than a private party gig.
I admit to having a complicated relationship with this song. Although I completely acknowledge its classic status, it has never had much personal draw for me musically – I know, some of you are shocked! Musical taste is a very personal thing. I have warmed up to it more recently however, and challenged myself to create a choreography for my class students to this important “Must-Know Song.”
The original performed by Oum Kalthoum