Nir Barkat to inaugurate 'Umm Kulthum' road in Beit Hanina

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October 16, 2012 11:47

 
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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.

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