Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe


Umm Kulthum / Saïd Darwish

Umm Kulthum • Amber of the Nile

Saïd Darwish • Arabesque

There’s been more than a few records that I have posted on this site that have made me question who the intended audience was when it was released. This one is right up front about it. It’s says it right there on the cover: “a holiday souvenir”.

But one of the most annoying things about this record is that there are no artists listed. I have seen another version of this release that did list who did what songs, and I happened to have written down that Saïd Darwish was credited for the version or Arabesque… But the other track – which did not write down – required a bit more research

Eventually, I had Hany Zaki play name that tune for me. On the record, the track is listed as Amber of the Nile, but it is actually an excerpt from a much longer piece by Umm Kulthum called Lelit Hob, or Night of Love. Kulthum – who has almost as many variations on her name as Muammar al-Gaddafi – was know as the Star of the East (kawkab el-sharq). More than three decades after her death, she is still recognized as one of the Arab world‘s most famous and distinguished singers of the 20th century. But also of note was that the legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid – who I believe is the guitarist on this track – got his start playing in her orchestra.

Catalog number 18-75171 on Sono Cairo records of Cairo, Egypt, released 1975.

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hello
first of all, there is lebanon souvenir volume, which has tracklisting
2nd, I know the oum kalsoum track, must check it

3rd this is salah ragab “egypst strut”, which has been reissued… only known egyptian jazz Lp from a military man who later played with Sun ra.

Comment by waaterproof

hello !

I think that track one is
MOHAMeD ABDEL WAHAB – SAHARA CITY

track two is :
SALAH RAGAB – AMBER OF THE NILE
which is a little different than “Egypt Strut”

respectfully,

vk

Comment by victor kiswell

Thanks to you guys !

I knew I knew about the 1st one…

Comment by waaterproof

thanks for the blog, a tremendous resource! the version of this lp with track & artist info was pressed by EMI Greece; its Sono Cairo 2J 064-96911, from 1975. there’s a companion volume from Lebanon (which is also top). Victor Kiswell is correct in identifying both these tracks. i suspect the Salah Ragab track is the same one that’s on the Art Yard release, but has a couple bars spliced out (a cornet solo? from memory). thanks again.

Comment by jim




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