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Ad Promoting Mary Mansour's Sala


Translated by Priscilla Adum





This old advertisement is probably from the 1930's. It announces the schedule and address of Mary Mansour's club, El Sala El Masreia. It was located on Emad El Din Street in Cairo.

Hekmet Fahmy was the featured star of Mary Mansour's sala, and she also worked at Badia Masabni's sala. Many of Mary Mansour's dancers and singers left to go work at Badia's place when Badia's club became popular and well known, including Farid el Atrash and his sister Asmahan. They had worked for Mary Mansour first.

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The Advertisement


The flyer advertises a new singer every night, a comedy monologue, and a comedy show. It then lists the dancers who will perfom "Modern" Raqs Sharqi:

  • Hekmet Fahmy
  • Fat7iea Fahmy
  • Karema Ahmed
  • Souad Ousman
  • Hind





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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