Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is conducting a special ceremony on Wednesday to inaugurate a new street named after the singer and great Egyptian musician, Umm Kulthum, who died in 1975.
Umm Kulthum Street will be part of a large-scale project to name all unnamed streets in the city. Last year Barkat approved around 145 new street names in the following east Jerusalem neighborhoods: Zur Baher, Beit Hanina, Shuafat, Issawiya, Abu Tor, Silwan and Ras al-Amud.
Umm Kulthum has been a significant influence on a number of musicians,
both in the Arab World and beyond. One of her best-known songs, "Enta
Omri," has been the basis of many reinterpretations, including one 2005
collaborative project involving Israeli and Egyptian artists.