Voice of Egypt by Virginia Danielson
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Voice of Egypt
By Virginia Danielson

The Voice of Egypt

Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century New edition

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Voice of Egypt by Virginia Danielson

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award: Excellence in the Recorded Folk or Ethnic Field 1998.

Book Description

Umm 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 Details

ISBN: 9780226136127
ISBN-10: 0226136124
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 240
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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