Book: "The Voice of Egypt": Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song, and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century" by Virginia Danielson, who is surely the world's foremost authority on the life and music of Umm Kulthum. This really is a superb book.


"She is born again every morning in the heart of 120 million beings. In the East a day without Umm Kulthum would have no color."—Omar Sharif



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Umm Kulthum (1898-1975)

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Welcome to the Friends of Umm Kulthum web site. This site exists to honour the person, life and artistic achievements of this incredible lady called Umm Kulthum and to bring knowledge of her life and work to a broader worldwide audience. This site is an ongoing project and we invite you to become a part of this venture, by sharing info, articles or photos. Please send an email and we will be very happy to communicate with you. Everybody is welcome! Thank you.

Wikipedia: Umm Kulthum (Arabic: أم كلثوم‎ ʾUmm Kulṯūm, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [omme kælˈsuːm]; born فاطمة إبراهيم السيد البلتاجي Fātimah ʾIbrāhīm as-Sayyid al-Biltāǧī, [ˈfɑtˤmɑ (ʔe)bɾˤɑˈhiːm esˈsæjjed elbelˈtæːɡi]; see Kunya) (December 31, 1898–February 3, 1975) was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Tamay ez-Zahayra village that belongs to El Senbellawein, she is known as "The Star of The East" (kawkab el-sharq). More than three decades after her death, she is widely regarded as the greatest female singer in Arab music history.


Umm Kulthum sings "Al Atlal" (The Ruins)



Film: "Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt" (1996) Michal Goldman (Director)
What a film. If you like Umm Kulthum, then you will love this film. Amazon.com: "This beautifully styled documentary, narrated by Omar Sharif, carefully balances elements so that the video never drags. Long clips of Umm Kulthum singing are interspersed with a dramatized voice-over and shots of the Egyptian countryside. Interviews with writers, journalists, musicologists, folks on the street, a radio commentator, and even Nobel novelist Naguib Mahfouz emphasize the importance of her voice to the people who listened to her. Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt succeeds in making the singer and the music, and even to a certain extent the politics of the country, accessible to a whole new generation of music lovers." --Jenny Brown





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