Middle Eastern music on shellac disc

Sett Salima Pasha: Aboodiya  (Wenta Malek)

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    Pasha, Sett Salima (singer, female)

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    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. A side: The song belongs to the urban abūd̲īya (also spelled aboodiya, aboudieh or aboudiya) genre. This is a popular poetic-musical song genre, which was once performed by professional and semi-professional singers in the urban centres of Iraq. Musical instruments and music: qānūn and ‘ūd solos; without metered rhythm and rhythm instruments. Released on Columbia Records; Matrix number: COF 204-1

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