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PHOTO CREDIT: Above photo by John Rickman Photography, San Jose, California.

Badia Masabni with Old Friends


By Priscilla Adum




A Reunion of Old Friends

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Badia Masabni stayed in touch with old friends after she retired from show business and moved back to Lebanon. She sometimes received visitors or met up with friends who were in town.

This photo shows Badia Masabni and some friends in Chtaura, the town where Badia owned and operated her dairy farm. This is truly a gathering of legends, as every single person in this picture left their mark in the history of Arab arts.

From left to right are:

  • Lebanese singer/comedian Najeeb Hankash
  • Assi Rahbani (Fairouz's husband)
  • Farid El Atrash
  • Fairouz
  • Mohamed Abdul Wahab
  • Badia Masabni
  • Lebanese composer/singer Philemon Wehbe
  • Composer Mansour Rahbani (Assi's brother)

According to the current owner of the dairy farm in Chtaura, this photograph was taken in 1966 at the Park Hotel in Chtaura which was founded by Najeeb Hankash. They were all on their way to watch the Oum Kalthoum concert in Baalbek. Badia Masabni had played a role in the reconciliation between Farid el Atrash and Abdul Wahab just before this photograph was taken.

As of 2014, a framed original of this photo still hangs at the dairy farm that was once owned by Badia Masabni in Chtaura, Lebanon.

Badia Masabni and Friends



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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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