Middle Eastern music on shellac disc

Sett Sadika El Mullaya: Retha'a  mohsen essadune, 1

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    Baghdad, Iraq

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    El Mullaya, Sett Sadika (singer, female)

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    Pesta genre of Iraq. The Iraqi singer Sett Sadika El Mullaya (also spelled: 'Siddiqa El Mullaya'; Sett being used for honorific for Lady; 'Mullaya' suggests that she is a religious performer) was a well-known art music singer in women-only Muslim performances (secular and religious). She was one of the few respected Muslim female singers and mainly performed at weddings and circumcision parties. The title indicating that the piece is continued on the second side. Musical instruments are: violin, qānūn box zither, ‘ūd, and drums (daff or darbukka?). The recording is introduced by a male voice (mentions title and singer). Released on HMV Records; issue number 30-8285, Matrix number: 0C 2355

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