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Umm Kulthūm

Umm Kulthum (Arabic: أم كلثوم‎, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ʊm kʊlˈsuːm]; French: Oum Kalthoum; born Fāṭima ʾIbrāhīm es-Sayyid el-Beltāǧī فاطمة إبراهيم السيد البلتاجي on 31 December 1898, or 4 May 1904; died 3 February 1975) was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and film actress active from the 1920s to the 1970s. She was given the honorific title Kawkab al-Sharq (كوكب الشرق, "Star of the East").

Umm Kulthum was known for her vocal ability and unique style. She sold over 80 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling Middle Eastern singers ever. Umm Kulthum is considered a national icon in her native Egypt and has been dubbed as "The voice of Egypt" and "Egypt's fourth pyramid".

Birth and Death Data: Born December 30th, 1898 (El Senbellawein), Died February 3rd, 1975 (Cairo)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone BD4504 10-in. 1926 Ya aseyal hay Umm Kulthūm Female vocal solo, with qānūn and violin vocalist, contralto  
Gramophone BD4505 10-in. 1926 Asker fouadi Umm Kulthūm Female vocal solo, with qānūn and violin vocalist, contralto  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Umm Kulthūm," accessed September 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104957.

Umm Kulthūm. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104957.

"Umm Kulthūm." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 September 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104957

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