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WMD Productions Present....
An Umm Kulthoum Festival
the life & music of the greatest Arab singer who ever
Sat. March 31, 2001
(Ragsdale Center, St.
Edward's University on South Congress in Austin TX)
narrated by Omar Sherif,
Kulthoum, A voice Like Egypt
A live performance of a selection of Umm Kulthoum's songs
Arabian Sound Band
Reception will be held following the event @
(906 Congress Ave)
$22 in advance, $25 at the door & $16 for students.
Available @ Phoenicia Bakery (2912 S. Lamar &
4701 Burnet RD)
Marakesh Cafe (906 Congress Ave.), & Kismet Cafe (411
W. 24th St)
If intersted in sponsoring or advertising at
the Umm Kulthoum Festival please contact us
@ 512-533-9227 or mailto:WMDproductions@aol.com
Umm Kulthoum is indisputably the greatest and incomparable
singer the Arab World has ever know; she is the fairytale
of of a poor peasant girl singing to help her
familys strained finances and became a phenomenon
that touched every Arab's life in one way or another and
a woman who would have 4 million people walk in her
funeral procession. Her face and voice, 26 years after
her death, are still very much present in the Arab World
and beyond. He music is still played daily and more
so than any other past or present female singer. She is
among the top selling Arab singers and has been for more
than 50 years.
Time Magazine called her "Chanteause (singer) of
Dreams". France honored her by putting her
face on a gold coin released in 1990.....and to this day,
to Arabs, Umm Kulthoum remains the most honored and
beloved singer of all times.
Kulthoum, A Voice Like Egypt is the first documentary to bring the singer to
an American audience. Described as "an
engrossing documentary" by the LA Times, the film
connects her life to the epic story of 20th Century Egypt
as it shook off colonialism and confronted modernity.
The movie is an emotionally engaging experience
rather than just a documentary it **"grows more
revealing as it proceeds, helped tremendously by the rich
legacy of films and recordings" (**The New York
Times) . Narrated by Omar Sherif and produced by
Michael Goldman, it is based on Virginia Danielson's
book, Umm Kulthoum, Arabic Song, and Egyptian Society in
the 20th Century.
Al-Jundi is a producer and
singer of Arab Music who was born and raised in Damascus,
Syria and resides currently in Austin, TX. She is
the producer of the event and the vocalist of its
featured live music performance. She will be
accompanied by four master musicians....from Houston's
Trans Arabian Sound Band, Hani Issa (oud), Ibraheem
Samahi (keyboard), Muhammad Elmasry (percission) who have
been playing together for 30 years and all hail from
Egypt. They will be joined by violinist Anwar Agha
from Syria who is considered the top rated violinist in
his native country.