Bella Kaplan – Country – Literature
Umm Kultoum was Born in 1904 (approximate year) and died 1975 in Cairo, Egypt.
Umm Kultoum, the `Star of the East`, is one of the most important symbols of Arab culture. She is the most revered, played and documented singer in this culture. Her voice is considered to have rare power, and the power of her singing stems from the musical interpretation of her songs, and from the unique dialogue she has created with the audience. She broke new ground in Arabic female poetry when she sang religious texts intended for men only. Adoration of the nation of Kultoum is common to all strata and classes in the Arab world.
Nasser (president of Egypt from 1954 to 1970) said: Egypt was blessed with two eternal things: the pyramids and the voice of Umm Kultoum. One of her most famous songs is “Inta Omri” ( You Are My Beloved) which is still performed by various singers.
My challenge is about the most popular singer in Egypt and the Arabic world, since then to this day. I printed in Arabic some of the lyrics of her most famous song Inta omri, You Are My Beloved. My quilt is Portrait, Arabic screen printed , fused, machine quilted.
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