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Ad for Badia Masabni's Sala Badia in Cairo, Egypt


Translated by Priscilla Adum





This is the translation for a newspaper advertisement that was used to promote Sala Badia in Cairo, probably in the 1930s.

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

Badia Masabni



The Advertisement

Sala Badia

Managed By The Queen of Gracefulness

Madame Badia Masabni

The Most Luxurious Eastern Sala*,

High Class Meeting Place
For The First Time In Egypt,

The Queen of Gracefulness Madame Badia Masabni 

Will Perform Songs and Monologues
With Very Creative Tunisian Dancing

Every Tuesday a Daytime Performance For Women at 6:30 pm

Every Thursday, Friday and Sunday a Daytime Performance For Families at 6:30 pm

Inquire about Madame Badia Masabni's New Records which were manufactured in Paris: 

The No No Monologue
Rima Returns
The Night Talks To The Moon
The Language of The Eyes
Turkish Yildiz Dance
Nile Doll Dance
Egyptian Falaha Dance


*Translator's Note: The flyer uses the words "Sala Sharqia" here, which means "Middle" Eastern Sala.

Sala Badia Ad



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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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