Nabaweya Mustafa (1946)

The dancer in this clip is of course the one and only Nabaweya Mustafa. The scene is from the 1946 Egyptian film ‘The Unknown Past’ (Al Madi al Maghool الماضي المجهول) which starred Laila Murad and Ahmed Salem. The female singer is Laila Murad and the song she’s singing, ‘Salam Alay’, is now well known to dancers worldwide.
The male star of this film, Ahmed Salem, was also the director. Born in 1910, he was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire in 1949 with a police officer following a violent argument with his then wife Asmahan (Amal al Atrache), the sister of Farid al Atrache.
Trivia: Ahmed Salam was one of Taheya Karioka’s many husbands.

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