Omme Kolosum / Omme Kolsoum / Umm Kulthum

La Diva, Vol. 4

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EMI Arabia's Diva series is a comprehensive examination of the material the great Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum (here spelled Omme Kolsoum) recorded for EMI. La Diva, Vol. 4 has the most consistent sound quality of the series so far, with Kulthum's voice remaining out front but better balanced overall with the instruments. There is some level of surface noise present on all tracks, but they never become unlistenable. Musical backing generally consists of oud and violin, with a vocal chorus joining on "Ya' Rohi." Kulthum was one of the great voices of the 20th century, and this particular volume would be a fine place to start.

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