29. Who is this contemporary of and equal in popularity to Elvis Presley?
Answer to Egypt Quiz #29
Umm Kulthum was the most treasured singer in the Middle East of the twentieth century. Called alternately The Voice of Egypt, The Mother of Egypt, or simply The Lady, she has been described as having “the musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, the public presence of Eleanor Roosevelt and the audience of Elvis Presley.”
Her repertoire encompassed themes such as love, patriotism, nature and religion. It is reported that her funeral in 1975 drew more than two million people into the streets of Cairo.
- Umm Kulthum — 14,000 vibrations per second, YouTube
- Umm Kulthum: ‘The Lady’ Of Cairo, NPR Music
- Umm Kulthum: An Outline of Her Life, Al Mashriq
- The Voice of Um Kulthum: A Place to Start the Dialogue, Huffington Post