Find information about “Musicians of the Arab World." Write a report on any famous musician (dead or alive) from any country in the Arab world.
Umm Kulthum was born Fātimah ʾIbrāhīm as-Sayyid al-Biltāǧī on an uncertain date, and died at the age of 76 in 1975, Her father was also a singer, and sung religious songs at weddings and other celebrations; her mother was a housewife who took care of Umm Kulthum and her siblings. They lived in a poor village in a small house. She learned to sing from her father, and would often overhear him teaching her brother, so she was able to pick it up by rote. She moved to Cairo with her father and was able to pursue a career in entertainment, with both singing and acting as well. At first she was unskilled and untrained, but had tremendous raw talent. By the late 1920’s she was able to rise to the top with a new and expansive repertoire that was no longer limited to what her father taught her and a few current popular songs of the time.
In 1940, she joined the Listening Committee, which helped select songs for public broadcasting on the radio. This solidified her status as an authority in the music business. She suffered from a variety of health problems and later married one of her doctors. She was a spokesperson for a variety of causes, including Arab music and musicians. Towards the end of her life her health rapidly deteriorated and she passed away from heart failure. Millions of mourners filled the streets of Cairo and her body was carried by many pall bearers in the crowd who took turns carrying her. She was finally buried in keeping with Muslim practices.