Oum Kalthoum

Nicknamed kawkab el-sharq (planet of the east), Oum Kolthoum was an enormously famous Egyptian singer, songwriter and actress. Her shortened stage name, ? ??????, is frequently translated in a variety of spellings including Oum Kalthoum, Om Kalsoum, Om Kolsoum, Omm Kolthoum, Oum Kalsom, Oum Kaltsoum, Oum Kolsoum, Oum Koulsoum, Oumkhalthoum, Um Kulsum, Umm Kulthum and others.

Born around 1900 (between 1898 and 1904) as ?? ????? ??????? ???????? in Tamay ez-Zahayra, Egypt, Kolthoum was exposed to religious music by her father, a local imam, who also performed at weddings. Whilst learning to recite the Qu'ran, the... Read More

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