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Arab Song Translations

By Lennie Clark

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Ya Mustapha
(Oh Mustapha)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular 1950's song "Ya Mustapha". The song's lyrics are in three languages - French, Italian, and Arabic. It evokes memories of the multinational community that lived in Alexandria, Egypt back then. "Ya Mustapha", which is sometimes spelled as "Ya Mustafa", has been recorded by many artists through the last half-century all over the world. Click here for more information about this song.

 

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Note Sung by George Abdo
Note On the album Mezdeke Volume 6, titled "Ruh Rahleh"
Note Performed by Mediterranean RaqsBand
Note Performed by Desert Wind

 

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Lyrics

This translation is based on George Abdo's recording of this song. They match the lyrics that were sung by Dario Moreno in the 1962 movie titled Al Hob Keda which also starred Sabah. Other recordings have different lyrics.

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

[In French]Cherie, je t'aime Darling, I love you
[In French]Cherie, je t'adore Darling, I adore you
[In Italian]Como la salsa del pomodoro Like tomato sauce
   
[In French]Cherie, je t'aime Darling, I love you
[In French]Cherie, je t'adore Darling, I adore you
[In Italian]Como la salsa del pomodoro Like tomato sauce
   
[In Arabic]Ya Mustafa, Ya Mustafa, Oh Mustafa, Oh Mustafa,
[In Arabic]Ana bahebbak, ya Mustafa I love you, Mustafa
[In Arabic]Sabaa Senin Fel Attarine Seven years in the Atarin neighborhood [in Alexandria]
[In Arabic]Delwa'aty geina Chez Maxim Now we're back at Maxim's place
   
[In Arabic]Taala Ya Mustafa, ya ibn El Sarhan Come Mustafa, you're the son of El Sarhan
[In Arabic]Dil taamira agami we lef al giran These drugs are fresh and go to the neighbor
[In Arabic]W amma yigi keifo keifo And when he gets high [from the drugs]
[In Arabic]Yeshra ala keifo keifo He can take drugs as he likes
   
[In Arabic]Ya Mustafa, Ya Mustafa, Oh Mustafa, Oh Mustafa,
[In Arabic]Ana bahebbak, ya Mustafa I love you, Mustafa
[In Arabic]Sabaa Senin Fel Attarine Seven years in the Atarin neighborhood [in Alexandria]
[In Arabic]Delwa'aty geina Chez Maxim Now we're back at Maxim's place
   
[In French]Quand je t'ai vu sur la balcon When I saw you on the balcony
[In French]Tu m'as dit monte et ne fait pas d' façon. You told me to come up and not in such a manner
[In French]Quand je t'ai vu sur la balcon When I saw you on the balcony
[In French]Tu m'as dit monte et ne fait pas d' façon. You told me to come up and not in such a manner
   
[In French]Cherie, je t'aime Darling, I love you
[In French]Cherie, je t'adore Darling, I adore you
[In Italian]Como la salsa del pomodoro Like tomato sauce
   
[In French]Cherie, je t'aime Darling, I love you
[In French]Cherie, je t'adore Darling, I adore you
[In Italian]Como la salsa del pomodoro Like tomato sauce
   
[In Arabic]Ya Mustafa, Ya Mustafa, Oh Mustafa, Oh Mustafa,
[In Arabic]Ana bahebbak, ya Mustafa I love you, Mustafa
[In Arabic]Sabaa Senin Fel Attarine Seven years in the Atarin neighborhood [in Alexandria]
[In Arabic]Delwa'aty geina Chez Maxim Now we're back at Maxim's place
   
[In French]Tu m'as allumé avec une allumette You set me on fire with a match
[In French]Et tu m'as fait perdre la à tête And you made me lose my head
[In French]Tu m'as allumé avec une allumette You set me on fire with a match
[In French]Et tu m'as fait perdre la à tête And you made me lose my head
   
[In French]Cherie, je t'aime Darling, I love you
[In French]Cherie, je t'adore Darling, I adore you
[In Italian]Como la salsa del pomodoro Like tomato sauce
   
[In French]Cherie, je t'aime Darling, I love you
[In French]Cherie, je t'adore Darling, I adore you
[In Italian]Como la salsa del pomodoro Like tomato sauce
   
[In Arabic]Ya Mustafa, Ya Mustafa, Oh Mustafa, Oh Mustafa,
[In Arabic]Ana bahebbak, ya Mustafa I love you, Mustafa
[In Arabic]Sabaa Senin Fel Attarine Seven years in the Atarin neighborhood [in Alexandria]
[In Arabic]Delwa'aty geina Chez Maxim Now we're back at Maxim's place

 

Other versions of this song include these lyrics in one of the verses:

We been waiting but do not know know when you will be back
Do not forget to write and make my eyes and my heart happy
Come on, Mostafa, the son of our neighbors, come back.

 

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Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Joy of Belly Dancing

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Artist: George Abdo
CD Title: The Joy of Belly Dancing

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Mediterranean RaqsBand Volume 1 CD Title

Note

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Artist: Mediterranean RaqsBand
CD Title: Music Saqra Likes for Dancers & Drummers, Volume 1

Web Site: www.raqsband.com

Gaia Earth Goddess CD Cover

Note

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Artist: Desert Wind
CD Title: Gaia, Earth Goddess Ritual Dances of the Mother

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"Ya Mustapha" appears as part of the medley titled "Celebration Dance" on Track 15.

Mezdeke Volume 6 CD Cover

Note

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Artist: Mezdeke
CD Title: Mezdeke 6 Sözlü Pop Arabic / Misir Danslari

Amazon Store: U.S.

Tapestry of the Dance CD Cover

Artist: John Bilezikjian & Var Daghdevirian
Album Title: Tapestry of the Dance

Dantz Records - John Bilezikjian
P.O. Box 2434
Laguna Hills, CA 92654-2434
U.S.A.

Telephone: (+1) (949) 581-5664

Web Site: www.dantzrecords.com

 

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Acknowledgements

About the Translator

Adel Abdallah is an Egyptian who resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you are traveling to that great city, he invites you to stop by the Cafe Picasso, located at 3401 Chartres (on the corner of Chartres and Desire, in the Bywater). The cafe serves delicious Middle Eastern food, and offers shiisha smoking. They are open daily except for Sundays, from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. (Deliveries until 10 P.M.) The phone number is 504-948-6881.

The translation summary was done by Adel at Lennie Clark's request. Muchisimas gracias to Kruz, (whose Morocco to India ethnic boutique, located in the historic French Quarter, is not-to-be-missed) for suggesting Adel as a translator.

About the Source

This article originally appeared on Lennie Clark's web site, "Arabic Song Translations." Lennie created this web site in 2002 as a response to discussion on the Internet regarding incidents of dancers who performed inappropriate sensual dances to religious music. Lennie's web site resided on a free web hosting service known as Geocities.

When the planned October 2009 closure of the Geocities web hosting service was announced, Lennie and Shira agreed to move the contents of Lennie's site to Shira.net. To explore all the articles and song translations that once appeared on Lennie's Geocities site, visit Lennie's portal page here on Shira.net.

Lennie Clark

 

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