Middle Eastern music on shellac disc

Sett Salima Pasha: Oskot  Oskot ya walidi, 1

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    Baghdad, Iraq

  • Performers

    Pasha, Sett Salima (singer, female)

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    Pesta genre of Iraq. 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. 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. The title indicating that the piece is continued on the second side. Musical instruments are: violin, qānūn box zither (or the santūr, a hammered dulcimer), and drums (daff or darbukka?). With her husband, the famous singer Nazim Al Ghazali, Salima became renowned as an expert pesta singer. Released on HMV Records; issue number 30-10427, Matrix number: 0C 2302

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