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Tarab and the voice of Umm Kulthum

March 16, 2010
I have listened to Umm’s voice many times in my studio. But I did not know about tarab until I listened to a recent NPR show (links and quotes below-emphasis mine).

Tarab is a unique quality of Arab music that translates best to the word enchantment.

Part of tarab is the idea that listeners are as important as singers; that there’s a powerful, spiritual exchange between them that is crucial to the performance.”
More on “The Voice of Egypt” on NPR:

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