Middle Eastern music on shellac disc

Sett Salima Pasha: Pasta  (Suad ma matet)

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:03:33

  • Shelf mark

    9CS0025050

  • Recording date

    1930s

  • Recording locations

    Iraq

  • Performers

    Pasha, Sett Salima (singer, female)

  • Description

    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

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