Fairuz and Oum Kalthoum.
For some reason I could never get into Fairuz (still can’t!) but Oum Kalthoum made me stop in my tracks from the first time I heard her. I think Enta Omri may have been the first song I heard - in a taxi in Egypt. Al-Nile is probably my favorite. Al-Atlal is shiny, too. Without understanding all of the lyrics, it’s easy to understand the sense of drama, passion, and pain she put into her music and that’s what appeals to me. Hearing her makes me want to go back in time to 1930’s/’40’s Cairo and soak it all up live. Of the other classics, I also like Warda and Abdel Halim Hafez and… this man I have music of but could never identify… Hamza-something?Maybe someone can help, hah. I think he’s Egyptian as well.
Cafe Bougainvillea in Marrakech, Morocco
So I’m back from some travels and almost fainted when I saw my inbox here. I will respond to everyone in due time, give me a few days. :)
Hope you’re all well and had a good Eid.