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Oum Kalthoum (Arabic: أم كلثوم, other English spellings include: Umm Kulthum, Om Kalthoum, Oum Kalsoum, Oum Kalthum, Omm Kolsoum, Umm Kolthoum, Um Kalthoom) (1904–1975) was an Egyptian singer and musician.

Oum Kalthoum was born in Tamay ez-Zahayra village in El Senbellawein, Dakahlia Governorate, Egypt. Her birth date is controversial, either 31 December 1898, 31 December 1904 or 4 May, 1904. She died 3 February, 1975.

At a young age, she showed exceptional singing talent. Her father, an Imam, taught her to recite the Qur’an, and she is said to have memorised the entire book. When she was twelve years old, her father disguised her as a young boy and entered her in a small performing troupe that he directed. At the age of sixteen she was noticed by Abol Ela Mohamed, a modestly famous singer, and by the famous oudist Zakariyya Ahmad, who invited her to Cairo. She waited until 1923 before accepting the invitation. She was invited on several occasions to the house of Amin Beh Al Mahdy, who taught her how to play the oud. She developed a very close relationship with Rawyeha Al Mahdy, daughter of Amin, and became her closest friend. Kalthoum even attended Rawheya’s daughter’s wedding, although she has always tried to avoid public appearances. Amin Al Mahdy introduced her to the cultural circles in Cairo.


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    غصبت روحى على الهجران

    7 Mar 10:42pm Reply
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  • qrazydutch

    dont understand a single word, and yet really like this...just go to show...

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
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  • engmostafaeldam

    لاغنى و اقول للطير من بدرى صباح الخير

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • macintosser

    Hello everyone... I did a track with an Egyptian singer years ago and now I have dug it up again and would like to do another remix with the original vocals... But... I can't track the singer down and I have no clue what the song is called... could anyone help out here? I could email you the main vocals as an MP3 for you to listen to... Many thanks.

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • OmmKalthoumFan

    My love <3

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Mezkaa

    The Legend :)

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • qobtan

    thanks, centzontotochti

    23 May 2012 Reply
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  • LyricEater

    Anyone got a best of for me? I'd appreciate it.

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
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  • centzontotochti

    To the people of Egypt, you are setting a stunning example for us all in the battle for human rights against tyranny. Most of us in Canada respect you and are humbled by your efforts, even if our government, like America's, is cynical and motivated only by immediate corporate convenience. Solidarity and respect. And of course, Oum Kalthoum is an international treasure.

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Dogasm

    I would like to find a good site to educate myself with regard to Arabic music, including instrumentation. If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it. And of course anything in my beloved library would be theirs for the asking.

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Internal_sphere

    The queen EVER! :)

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • PoEVIL

    Vote for أم كلثوم, so all these profiles get merged into the same

    12 Aug 2010 Reply
  • OmmKalthoumFan

    ♥ ♥ ♥ I'll love u, Omm Kalthoum, forever ♥ ♥ ♥

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Unremixable

    The New Remixes EP is Fantastic ! <3

    16 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Mezkaa

    Queen of Masr

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • darkthrone

    The eternal queen of tarab

    5 May 2010 Reply
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