Olivia Snaije
Olivia Snaije
Paris-based journalist and editor interested in BOOKS: translated literature/ graphic novels/the Middle EastSource
Paris, France
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The Divas of the Arab World

The Divas of the Arab World

Imagine stepping into a dark exhibition space where a life-sized black and white film is projected onto fabric panels, transporting you to Cairo in the 1930s: Street trolleys weave around busy streets where women and men are in Eastern and Western dress. Painted crimson red, the next rooms are dedicated to the first Egyptian feminists. A 78 rpm acoustic gramophone plays a record of songs by Munira al-Mahdiyya, one of the rare women to produce a commercial recording before World War I. One floor up, parting red velvet curtains, you enter an extraordinary world of cinema and music; one that...

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