Friday, May 28, 2010

Om Kalsoum- Seret El Hob [The Narrative of Love] (1946)

Went looking for more great Om Kalsoum/ Baligh Hamdi recordings. Found this classic somewhere random, and fixed up some cooler cover art for it.



Labeled "indisputably the Arab world's greatest singer" by World Music: The Rough Guide, Egyptian singer Umm Kalthum (alternately spelled Kalthoum or Kalsoum) is regarded as a treasure of Middle Eastern culture. In a career that lasted more than 50 years she became known as "the voice and face of Egypt" with a voice powerful enough to shatter glass but that was used more often to capture the emotional depth of the poems she set to music. Her importance to Egyptian music in particular and Middle Eastern music in general prompted her biographer, Virginia Danielson, to write on the All Music Guide website: "Imagine a singer with the virtuosity of Joan Sutherland or Ella Fitzgerald, the public persona of Eleanor Roosevelt and the audience of Elvis and you have Umm Kulthum, the most accomplished singer of her century in the Arab world."

Music : Baligh Hamdi
Lyrics: Morsi Gamil Aziz

Mediafire Download Link: Om Kalsoum- Seret El Hob
MP3 | 224Kbps | 39m:15s | 65mb |

3 comments:

captain caveman said...

did you know about this? http://avaxhome.ws/music/ethnic_world/BESTOMK.html

20cd best of boxset @320

owlqaeda said...

oldie/goodie. owl state the obvious then & commend you on the fine psychedelique cover manifestation, making her look more like she still sounded on this stab. sweet

HMPZ said...

Just a quick note: Working in an 11 people office room, colleagues let a radio play all day, playing seemingly only 30 chart tracks all the time, which is boring as hell and atrocious, too. So listening to someone like Kalsoum or the many other spectacular records you provide here on a regular basis seems like a musical paradise. Thank you !