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Double Ad for Soad Mahasen's and Badia Masabni's Nightclubs in Cairo
April 5, 1930


Translated by Priscilla Adum





This double advertisement appeared in Al Ahram's section called "Where Will You Go Tonight?" on April 5, 1930, page 6. It promoted two nightclubs on Emad el-Din Street in Cairo. One was operated by Soad Mahasen, and the other by Badia Masabni.

Soad Mahasen was the club owner who took in the young Taheya Carioca and protected her when she arrived in Cairo. Soad later placed Taheya in Badia Masabni's care.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Soad Mahasen is the person on the left, and Badia Masabni is the person on the right.

Al Ahram
Saturday, April 5, 1930
Page 6
Section "Where Will You Go Tonight?"

Click on the image below to see the advertisement in more detail.



The Advertisement

Above the Photo of Soad Mahasen

Where Will You Go Tonight?

Sala Soad Mahasen

Below the Photo of Soad Mahasen

Good Singing by the Famous Singer Soad Mahasen

Wonderful Raqs Sharqi and Afrangi [Translator's note: this refers to Oriental and foreign dances]

High Social class

Humorous Monologues


Sala Badia

The Classiest Oriental Sala

Saturday April 5, 1930


Performing Social Monologues:

El Sayeda Badia Masabni

And dancing Raqs Sharqi:


Starting today and also on the following days

Monologues and Dialogues by Hassan El Melegi and El Sayeda Fathya el Melegi





About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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