BADIA MASABNI

Badia was born Wadiha Masabni in Syria 1892. 

She was a business woman, an actress and a singer.

Badia had a series of influential clubs in Cairo from the 1920s on.

Her clubs/caberets were as follows:

1926 -  Sala Badia Masabni in Emad el Din, Cairo

1928 -  Sala Badia in Alexandria

1930  - Casino Opera in Giza

1931 -  Cinema Badia in Giza 

Badia is considered the matron of modern bellydance and helped to launch the careers of dancers such as Samia Gamal, Tahia Kariokka. Hoda Shams El Din, Naima Akef and others.