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Umm Kulthūm

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...A national icon of Egypt, Umm Kulthum had a singing career that made her one of the most important stars in the Arabic-speaking world. Born in Egypt in 1898, Kulthum was taught to sing and recite the Koran by her father, an imam. By the age...
...Considered by many to be the father of Egyptian popular music, Sayed Darwish’s contribution to the country’s musical culture is virtually unmatched. He was born in Alexandria in 1892 and his family sent him to a religious school, after...

Qaṣīda

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume X : Genres: Middle East and North Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Qaṣīda is an Arab vocal genre of sung classical poetry of the same name. Qaṣīda poetry originated in pre-Islamic Arabia and remains one of the most powerful and highly respected art forms in the Arab world. The singing of qaṣāʾid (plural...

Art at the Cutting Edge: Class, Cultures, and Globalization in African World Music

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Social Class

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...Globalization, world music, and class—three terms that have so many histories and levels of meaning that doing justice to any of them is nearly impossible, never mind all three as intersecting phenomena. The argument could also be made...
...The prolific singer and oud player Farīd al-Aṭrash provided a unique deep voice for the film music of his adopted homeland, Egypt. He was born in southern Syria in 1917. The al-Aṭrash clan had fought against the French colonial force and,...

Ṭaqṭūqa

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume X : Genres: Middle East and North Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Encyclopedia Articles

...Ṭaqṭūqa is a historical Arab vocal genre that peaked in popularity in the decades around the middle of the twentieth century. It is no longer used to designate contemporary compositions of comparable form as the more generic genre...
...As an Egyptian singing sensation, ‘Abd al-Halīm Ḥāfiẓ exerted control over multiple facets of the country’s entertainment industry. Ḥāfiẓ was born in 1929; his mother died during childbirth and his father died when he was five, so then he...
...Muhammad Abd al-Wahhab was a prolific Egyptian composer, musician, and singer. He is considered the “Beethoven of the Arab world.” He wrote more than 1,500 songs and composed the anthems of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and the United Arab...

Zār

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume X : Genres: Middle East and North Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Encyclopedia Articles

...Zār is a word from the Amharic language. It refers to a community healing ritual including percussive music and dancing that originated in East Africa, the regions of south-eastern Sudan, Ethiopia and further south. It is believed...

Ughniyya (Eastern Arab)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume X : Genres: Middle East and North Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Encyclopedia Articles

...In the early 1970s new vocabulary entered common usage in describing song genres of the Arab world, particularly the East Mediterranean Levant region. This was a result of the wide exposure to a popular amateur talent show called...