Playlist:  Oum Kulthum: The Voice of Egypt (Introduction to World Music: The Middle East) by Jenna Makowski, Alexander Street Press

Oum Kalthoum is recognized as Egypt's most famous singer and one of the most popular Arab voices. With a career spanning from the 1930s through the 1970s, her voice appeared across Egyptian radio and film. Her songs included traditional Arabic poetry texts and contemporary songs. The tracks in this playlist highlight moments from the early days of her career, when she was accompanied by a small tahkt ensemble, a classic Arab ensemble often used to accompany vocal performances.
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Yalli Ra'eyt Elouhoud
performed by Oum Kalthoum, 1904-1975; in Oum Kalthoum: El Sett (La Dame/The Lady) (Buda Musique, 2002), 7 mins  
One of Oum Kalthoum's earlier recordings. (Oum Kalthoum: El Sett. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2002.)
06:40
26 Dec 2013
Ya Laylet El-id Insitina
performed by Oum Kalthoum, 1904-1975; in Oum Kalthoum: El Sett (La Dame/The Lady) (Buda Musique, 2002), 7 mins  
In Oum Kalthoum's earlier days, she was often accompanied by a tahkt ensemble, a small group of musicians and instruments including the oud, qanun, violin and riqq. (Whereas in her later career, she was accompanied by larger orchestras.) Listen for these instruments in this recording, as well as elements characteristic of Oum Kalthoum's vocal style, such as melismatic and highly ornamented melodic lines. (Oum Kalthoum: El Sett. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2002.)
06:38
26 Dec 2013
Araka Assya Ad Dam'i
produced by Philippe Zani; performed by Oum Kalthoum, 1904-1975; in Oum Kalthoum"Tichouf Oumori": 1926-1935 (Buda Musique, 1995), 6 mins  
Another early recording, this track is another good example of a tahkt ensemble accompaniment. (Oum Kalthoum: Tichouf Oumori: 1926-1935. Buda Musique, 1995.)
06:09
26 Dec 2013
Ana Fi Entizarak Khalet
performed by Mamdouh El Gebaly, Mostafa Abd El Khalek, Mohammed Foda, Khaled Gomaa, Ibrahim Gomaa and Hesham El Araby; in The Music Of Islam, Vol. 1: Al-Qahirah, Classical Music Of Cairo, Egypt (Celestial Harmonies, 1998), 13 mins  
An expansive instrumental piece, this track stems from the repertoire of Oum Kalthoum, who premiered this long song on the radio in 1943. The original text, written by Bairam al-Tunisi, was put to music by the great composer Zakariya Ahmad, who has contributed to the revival of Egyptian music during the 20th century. (The Music of Islam, Vol. 4. Liner Notes. Celestial Harmonies, 1998.)
13:11
26 Dec 2013
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