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    Um Kalthoum, the woman singing idol of the Arab world for more than half a century, died in Cairo on Monday (3 February) Radio and television programmes were interrupted to bring the news and in the streets of Arab cities, hundreds of people wept at newspaper headlines.

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    Um Kalthoum, the woman singing idol of the Arab world for more than half a century, died in Cairo on Monday (3 February) Radio and television programmes were interrupted to bring the news and in the streets of Arab cities, hundreds of people wept at newspaper headlines.

    Um Kalthoum, who was in her mid-seventies, was known as "Grand Lady" to millions of Arabs and was worshipped by sheikhs and shoo-shine boys alike.

    Born in a Nile delta village, she was the daughter of a workman who received a salary of about 20 pence sterling, but she rose in the Arab entertainment world to command fees of up to 13,000 sterling for a single performance. She did it with a voice which electrified audiences from Morocco to the Gulf and Pakistan with the wailing cadences of authentic Arab music.

    Recently, the singer had been living in retirement in her huge pink villa in a Cairo suburb.

    When her death was announced, hundreds of people flocked to the villa to pay homage to her. Egyptian officials are expecting enormous crowds to turn out for her funeral, and extra police and troops are standing by to deal with them.

    Already millions of messages of sympathy have been pouring into Egypt and it is reported that every airline flight into the Egyptian capital from other Arab cities is fully booked.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2CJV1KN3PH9KTS8NHADN4Q5V3
    Media URN:
    VLVA2CJV1KN3PH9KTS8NHADN4Q5V3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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