The Voice of Egypt
Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century New edition
By (author) Virginia Danielson
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Voice of Egypt by Virginia Danielson
Book DescriptionUmm Kuthum was a celebrated musical performer in the Arab world, and her songs still permeate the international airwaves. This, the first English-language biography, chronicles her life and career. In particular, it examines her popularity in a society which discouraged women from public performance. The text examines the careful construction of Kulthum's popularity; from childhood her mentors honed her abilities to accord with Arab and Muslim practice, but ultimately, she created her own idiom from local precedents and traditions, and developed original song styles from both populist and neo-classical traditions. Danielson seeks to show how Umm Kulthum's music and public personality helped form popular culture and contributed to the broader artistic, societal and political forces surrounding her.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226136127
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 21-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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