Monday, May 3, 2010


wow - i arrive at work today - carine's on the phone - and no one else is here yet - i guess i am a bit early - 9:40
anyway - i go to my desk, turn on the computer, go to google chrome and woaaaaaahhh - umm kulthum - it's her birthday -

and here goes technology:

BornUmm Kulthum Ebrahim Elbeltagi
Unconfirmed; some time between 1898 and 1904
Tamay Ez-Zahayra, El Senbellawein,Egypt
and that's not all -

DiedFebruary 3, 1975
Cause of deathrenal failure-induced stroke
still - not all - wikipedia tells us funny stories.

Umm Kulthum (Arabicأم كلثوم‎, born أم كلثوم إبراهيم البلتاجي , Umm Kulthum Ebrahim Elbeltagi; see KunyaEgyptian ArabicOm Kalsoum). (circa 1900; February 3, 1975). Various spellings include Om KoultoumOm KalthoumOumme Kalsoum, and Umm Kolthoum. She was an Egyptian singersongwriter, and actress. Born in Tamay ez-Zahayra village that belongs to El Senbellawein, she is known as the Star of the East (kawkab el-sharq). More than three decades after her death, she is still recognized as one of the Arab world's most famous and distinguished singers of the 20th century.[1]

ryam idriss just came to work - take that google!