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Arabic Music

This online exhibition focuses particularly on 20th-century composers and artists, including Umm Kulthum, the most famous singer in the Arab world in that period. Her performing career lasted for over 50 years, from about 1910 until a final illness in Cairo in 1973. For almost 40 years, her monthly Thursday night concerts were broadcast live on Egyptian radio. As a result, her audience consisted of millions, reaching far beyond the concert-going public of Cairo to households all over the Middle East.