Middle Eastern music on shellac disc
Sett Mounira Hawazwaz: Nadat anhal kamis
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Hawazwaz, Sett Mounira (singer, female)
Pesta genre of Iraq. The Jewish Iraqi singer Sett Mounira Hawazwaz (Sett being used for honorific for Lady) lived from 1900 to 1972 and was a renowned singer in Iraq. Indicating on the label ('Qoweity 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 Mounira 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 singer interacts with a chorus in call-response style. Musical instruments are: violin, qānūn box zither (or the santūr, a hammered dulcimer) and drums (daff or darbukka?). Released on HMV Records; issue number 30-12312, Matrix number: 0Z 68