Middle Eastern music on shellac disc
Sett Salima Pasha: Pasta (Suad ma matet)
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Pasha, Sett Salima (singer, female)
The Jewish Iraqi singer Sett Salima Pasha (later: Salima Murad; Sett being used for honorific for Lady; Pasha an honorific title) lived from 1900 to 1972 and was the best-known singer in Iraq. With her husband, the famous singer Nazim Al Ghazali, Salima became renowned as an expert pesta singer. There is a high possibility that the two Kuwaiti musicians Dawud Al Kuweiti (singer, composer and ‘ūd player, 1910-1976) and Salih Al Kuweiti (lyricist, violin player, 1908-1986) supported Salima and/or wrote the song. Both were born in Kuwait into an Iraqi family from Basra and got known in the Iraqi music scene from end of 1920s and 1930s onwards. B side: A song from the pesta music genre. Musical instruments are: violins, qānūn box zither (or the santūr, a hammered dulcimer), ‘ūd, and drums (daff or darbukka?). The singer is supported by a male chorus. Released on Columbia Records; Matrix number: COF 205-1