Hey I'm caught up! Whoo Hoo!! Pomegranate martinis all around...Wait, I can't drink before work LOL. Anyway, now that I am back on single letter posts, here is my selection for today's A to Z entry.
Her fortunes took a downward turn after the "bloodless revolution" of 1952. Because of her supposed royal favor, she was rejected by the Egyptian musicians guild and faced censure. They ordered her songs to be taken from radio airplay. However, when one of the leaders of the revolution, Gamal Abdel Nasser, heard this, he took immediate action. He is quoted as saying "What are they, crazy? Do they want Egypt to turn against us?"
Umm's legacy in the Arab world is astonishing, considering the general attitude towards women in many of the countries. Her monthly concerts were so popular, they cleared the streets of Cairo and other cities throughout the Middle East as people flocked to their homes and other places with radios to hear her. In central Cairo, there is a statue and monument to her and in 2001, the Egyptian government opened the Kawkab al Sharq (Star of the East) Museum in her honor. She passed away in 1975, but she continues to sell millions of records. Her voice was considered highly unusual as she is only one of five female singers ever to be able to hit every single Arabic scale.
Umm's famous fans include Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Bono.
The legendary Maria Callas considered Umm "an Incomparable Voice."
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