Kouka (1951) كوكا

The dancer in this scene is actress Kouka from the 1951 film ‘Wahiba, Malikat al Ghagar’ (Wahiba, Queen of the Gypsies). Dancers will note the skirt style. The male singer is Mahmoud Abdel Aziz. The film starred Saad Abdel Wahab who was the nephew of composer Mohamed Abdul Wahab. Also starring was Shekoukou.
If you’d like to know more about Kouka there’s an article on the Movie Musical World website that details her career and her connection with US actor and singer Paul Robeson. You can find the article at http://movie-musical-world.blogspot.com/2011/07/kouka-la-sultane-du-desert.html The article is in French but there’s a translation available.
Trivia: Kouka also starred in a film a few years later which was titled ‘Queen of the Desert’. The two films are often confused.

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