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Filfel Al-Masri

Filfel Al-Masri, originally Albert Mugrabi, was born in Cairo in 1928.  Mugrabi rose to fame in Egypt as a musician and actor, and earned the nickname Filfel. He appeared in more than twenty Egyptian films before moving to Israel in 1957. Here he made a career singing in Arabic on the Voice of Israel and for audiences of Jews from the Islamic world. Eventually he began singing in Hebrew as well, usually to popular melodies from Egypt, Iraq and Morocco. The Hebrew lyrics were by Albert Shitreet. Filfel Al-Masri, as he was known in Israel, sang in his characteristic Egyptian accent, in Hebrew that was often non-standard and close to the colloquial Hebrew of the immigrants from Arab countries. His material was characterized by a biting humor as he described the less than ideal Israeli reality and the complex social situation in which he and his fellow immigrants were forced to contend. Filfel Al-Masri died in 1992. Four of his songs exist in 45 rpm recordings and one was included in a collection made in honor of Israel's jubilee. Recording of Filfel Al-Masri can also be found in the National Library's music department.
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