Middle Eastern music on shellac disc

Sett Salima Pasha: Youahidouni  la khanani

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:03:16

  • Shelf mark

    9CS0025138

  • Recording date

    1933

  • Recording locations

    Baghdad, Iraq

  • Performers

    Pasha, Sett Salima (singer, female)

  • Description

    Pesta song. 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. Indicating on the label ('Koweiti Female Song with acc.') the musical piece is originally from Kuwait. 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. 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 30-11989, Matrix number: 0Z 69

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