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Gilded Serpent presents...
Hafla at the Hoover
featuring Morocco

February 10, 2008, Hoover Theatre in San Jose, CA
Produced by The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of MECDA
Video and photos by Lynette
Debbie Smith
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Morocco and Ma*shisha (Pat Cahill)

Hala and Morocco

Malia of Half Moon Bay
She shows us her Tunisian costume. See her video vignette"Gig Bag Check" on the CK

Malia's troupe- - doing Tunisian Dance

Una and Troupe Nefisa
Below Una takes out her famouse belly bracelet to bobble up and down her tummy

See Monica's video "Gig Back Check" here.

Leyla Lanty and Hasanaa

Dear Wonderful Carl Sermon!
Hopefully Carl will send us better pictures of this show for Gilded Serpent soon!

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Great affordable food provided by Bahira!

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