Badia Masabni

Badia Masabni (Arabic: بديعة مصابني‎, born Wadiha Masabni (Arabic: وديعة مصابني‎; 1892–1974)), was an entertainer, singer, Night club owner, actress, and businesswoman born to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. She was best known for opening a series of influential clubs in Cairo from the 1920s onward.

Badia Masabni
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Badi'a Massabni in her wedding dress on 11 September 1924
Damascus, Syria
Died1974 (aged 83)
Other namesSultana, Sultanat Al-Tarab
Years active1926–1952
Spouse(s)Naguib el-Rihani
Advertise the Casino Opera in the French-speaking Egyptian magazine IMAGES (Le Caire-Egypte),N.596, from 10 February 1941.
Advertise of the Badia's Masabni "Casino Opera" in Cairo-Egypt. from the Egyptian newspaper Progres Egyptien, from 3 September 1941.
Advertise of the Badia's Masabni "Casino Opera" in the Egyptian magazine IMAGES (Le Caire-Egypt) from 2 December 1940.

Badia is considered to be the matron of modern belly dance and is credited with launching the careers of many Egyptian artists, especially the belly dance's stars Samia Gamal and Taheyya Kariokka.

Early lifeEdit

Badia was born in 1892 in Damascus, Ottoman Empire, one of seven siblings to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. Her father owned a Soapmaking business.[1] The family's financial condition abruptly worsened when Badia's father died leaving his sons to care for the family business. Soon afterwards,[when?] the soap factory was consumed by fire and one of Badia's brothers died with fever.

Badia's CabaretsEdit

  • 1926: Sala Badia Masabni, Emad el Din, Cairo.
  • 1928: Sala Badia, Alexandria.
  • 1930: Casino Opera, Giza.
  • 1931: Cinema Badia, Giza.


  1. ^ Hashem, Tarek (11 August 2010). "صانعة النجوم عاشت في أحضان الأُنس والألم...(1) بديعة مصابني ملكة الشقاء والليل". توابل. Kuweit. al-Jarida. Retrieved 15 June 2013.

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