Taroub (1968) طروب

This is Lebanese singer Taroub performing the song ‘Kadouka al Mayyas’ or ‘Addouka al Mayass'(المياس قدك) in a scene from the 1969 Lebanese/Turkish film ‘Essabat al Nissa’ (Gang of Women عصابة النساء). The bellydancer may be Taroub’s real life sister Mayada who was also an actress and occasional dancer. Can anyone confirm?
The film starred Turkish action man and heartthrob Cüneyt Arkin as Murad and Said el Moghrabi as Murad’s perpetually frightened offsider. Also starring was Lebanese singer Sabah, Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin and there was also a cameo appearance by Yousef Wehbi.
Those who know heaps about the origins of Arabic and Turkish music tell me that the tune Taroub sings was originally composed by Iraqi born Mullah Othman al Musli (1854-1923) (الملا عثمان الموصلي). The tune’s still very popular in the Middle East – there’s a Turkish version of the same song titled ‘Ada Sahillerinde Bekliyorum’ and a Greek version too. If you watch old episodes of the Lebanese tv show ‘Jar al Amar’ (the show with the b/w check floor) the same song is sung by Syrian born Sabah Fakhri who made it his own. There’s also an updated version performed by Lebanese singer Melissa.
Now, back to the film which was shot in 1967-1968. As it was a joint Lebanese/Turkish venture, it was dubbed into Turkish and released there in 1968 with the title of ‘Bes Atesli Kadin’ or ‘Atesli delikanli’. In the Turkish version Cüneyt Arkin is very much ‘The Star’. Sabah’s songs were still in Arabic though. Izmir born actress Hülya Darcan starred as Ayda in the Turkish version in which many of Sabah’s acting scenes have been removed and Hülya Darcan’s inserted in order to make the film seem more ‘local’. Though this film was directed by Egyptian born Farouk (Frank) Agrama, in order to get around local quota requirements in Turkey, the Turkish version has the director’s name given as Seyfettin Tiryaki. The film was released in Egypt in 1969.
Trivia: Frank Agrama emigrated to the US and went on to direct many horror films. He’s described by the BRW (Business Review Weekly) as “…a gregarious, Egyptian-born B-movie producer turned TV distributor.” Frank Agrama was also involved in the Berlusconi tax fraud investigation in Italy. Yes, this man gets around!
Thanks again to Dr Kiss at the Horror Movie Forum. What Dr Kiss doesn’t know about his chosen genre, isn’t worth knowing.

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