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also known as A Voice Like Egypt

Umm Kulthum1996

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She had the musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, the public presence of Eleanor Roosevelt and the audience of Elvis Presley. Born a peasant at the turn of the last century, legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum earned a position of great wealth and influence. She was a powerful symbol, first of the aspirations of her country, and then of the entire Arab world. Four million people filled the streets of Cairo for her funeral in 1975 and to this day her songs outsell those of many contemporary Arab female vocalists.

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A revelatory Documentary of an extraordinary woman who rose to fame and prominence in a male dominated society. She was more than just a singer, she was a leader for her people, a bridge to the past and a pathway to the future.

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Interesting window on Egyptian culture of the last century. Will help smash some of your concepts about life in the Muslim world and in doing so will introduce you to some great music!

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A revelatory Documentary of an extraordinary woman who rose to fame and prominence in a male dominated society. She was more than just a singer, she was a leader for her people, a bridge to the past and a pathway to the future.

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Fantastic insight!

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do NOT miss,essential in music

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I had to watch this for a history class. It was fresh to death. I'm gonna show it to all my dawgs. Diversify our tastes and sh**

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The irony of this tribute to African elegance and humaneness is that I must write this review of it in English.

A wonderful tribute to an incredible singer, I only wish there would be an update to the sound to fully restore Umm Kulthum's incredible voice.

Fascinating documentary about some one and a musical idiom of which I knew absolutely nothing. A fascinating study of her and her music. Particularly for those interested in music, a must see.

Overcome with Joy!!!

Beautifully crafted tribute to this wonderfully inspired singer.