You will not believe: the legend of belly dancing.. the daughter of the Quran reciter and the granddaughter of the Sultan of Egypt.. who got married 6 times and carpeted Al-Muski Street!!

The dancer of kings and sultans who occupied the throne of oriental dance for more than half a century, and the first owner of an art festival in Egypt

And the first artist had a sense of patriotism after she completely furnished Al-Moski Street with the finest types of carpets at her own expense, in celebration of Saad Zaghloul’s return from exile.

Bamba Koshar is a performance dancer who has been on the throne of oriental dancing for nearly 50 years. Her grandfather is Sultan Mustafa Kosher, one of the notables of the nineteenth century.

Her father is a Quran reader and her mother is the granddaughter of Sultan “Al-Ashraf Ital”, the Sultan of Egypt during the era of the Mamluk state, but she started with her talent and started her artistic career.

She worked in some Turkish groups, and then became the most famous dancer in Egypt before the era of cinema, as she appeared in one movie, which is the silent movie “Laila”.

She lived from 1860 to 1930, and was born in Buba in 1860 to a wealthy family. Her paternal grandfather is Mustafa Keshar, a notable of Egypt, and her father is Ahmed Mustafa, a famous Quran reciter.

Her father, the famous Quran reciter Ahmed Mustafa, died when she was fourteen years old, and her mother married the reciter of Khedive Tawfiq, which prompted Bamba and her sisters to boycott the mother and move to another residence next to a well-known Turkish dancer at the time whose name was “Salam”.

She was discovered by the dancer “Salm”, and she accompanied her to all her concerts. Bamba was famous for being the dancer of kings and sultans, and they called her “Sit al-Kul” before Mrs. Umm Kulthum.

Kosher was in its time a fierce competitor to the famous dancer, Shafiqa the Coptic, who was dancing with a candlestick on her head.

She also used a horse-drawn chariot in her transportation, and in front of it a number of men ran to make way for the cart and sing “Oh, blaze, peeled almonds.”

It is reported that she was married to Bamba six times, and they are the well-known vocalist at that time, “Sayed Al-Safti”, one of the students of the artist “Abu Khalil Al-Qabbani”, who achieved wide fame in Egypt. Because of his family’s insistence on the need to retire.

Then she married for the fourth time to one of the notables of Upper Egypt, and he gave her a dowry of sixty acres of the finest agricultural land. Marriage by marrying one of the notables and chiefs of Cairo.

She always organized dance festivals, but she called them “The Zar Parties”, which were performed by Saleh Abdel Hai and Abdel Latif Al-Banna.

She joined silent cinema at the end of her life, appearing in the films “Nidaa El-Rab” 1926, “Laila” 1927 and “Bint El-Nil” 1929, and continued to practice dancing until she reached the age of seventy, and died in 1930.

The movie “Bamba Kosher” (1974), starring Nadia Al-Jundi, directed by Hassan Al-Imam, story, script and dialogue by Jalil Al-Bandari and Muhammad Mustafa Sami, produced by Imad Hamdi and distributed by Nadia Al-Jundi, and in this film he played the role of “Sayed Al-Safty” the artist Saeed Saleh.

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