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Cairo cancels Umm Kulthoum tribute concert due to ‘situation’

Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the death of Umm Kulthoum, the most powerful and popular singer in the Arab world and a significant icon on posters in Tahrir Square during Cairo’s Arab Spring.

There will be a number of broadcasts and meetings to mark the date, but we hear that a commemorative concert has been cancelled due to recent anti-government unrest, known as ‘the situation’.

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  1. Immanuel Gilen says:

    It’s the 38th anniversary of her death, if I’m not mistaking. If this is an event that merits a celebration, then there should be several every year. You’re making a valid point, but I don’t think the occasion that’s being ignored is particularly remarkable.

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