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    (December 30, 1898-February 3, 1975)
    Born in Tamay Ez-Zahaya, Egypt
    Alternative spellings of her name include Om Kalsoum and Om Kalthoum
    Best known and loved singer of the Arab world
    Recordings include ‘Whom Should I Go To?’ (1958), ‘I Abandoned You’ (1959), ‘Hope of My Life’ (1965), ‘The Talk of the Soul’ (1967) and ‘You That Keeps Me Awake at Night’ (1972)
    She is sometimes called Egypt’s fourth pyramid.
    Most of her songs are about love.
    She contributed heavily to the Egyptian military.
    She often wore cats’ eye sunglasses decorated with diamonds.
    Mourners snatched away her coffin during her funeral procession.
    She was born into an impoverished family.
    At age 12, she disguised herself as a boy and performed in her father’s troupe.
    She supported Gamal Nasser.
    Her improvised performances could last for hours.
    Bob Dylan said, ‘She’s great. She really is. Really great.’

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