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Preservation and Politicization: Umm Kulthum's National and International Legacy

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Abstract:

This paper analyzes the ways in which cultural preservation of the music and persona of the Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum has served the diverse political agendas of the Egyptian state and Sephardic, Arab, and Arab-American musicians. During the past two decades, state media and stylistically diverse cover versions have not only revived Umm Kulthum's presence as part of a national and international cultural heritage, but also presented competing visions of her political significance.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007760903142830

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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