Arabic Vocal 78rpm records

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Auction Number 149 ­- AUCTION Closing Date: Monday, 21 May, 2018



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Section IX - Arabic Vocal 78rpm records Nos. V1145 - V1146

V1145. ABD AL-WAHHAB: El Kamhe (Sung by the Composer, preceded by his spoken introduction), 2s. 10” blue & gold Caiorophon HPB 3 (BDA164/165), only form of issue, 1951 (pressed in France by Pathé). M-A, choice copy has faintest pap. rubs, inaud. MB 45

“Cairophon is a label and record company established in Cairo in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The company emerged from the Egyptian branch of Baidaphon. Mohamed Abdel Wahab owned shares in this Egyptian branch which was renamed Cairophon. The new company was under the artistic direction and partial ownership of Mohamed Abdel Wahab, but some lebanese ownership was retained. During the 1940s and 50s Cairophon was the largest locally owned record company in Egypt. Cairophon did not have its own record pressing plant and all its recordings were sent abroad for pressing.”
- Wikipedia


V1146. ABD AL-WAHHAB: Arabian Song (Sung by the Composer, preceded by his spoken introduction), 2s. 10” blue & gold Baidaphon B 100310 (BDA164/165), only form of issue, 1939 (pressed in Greece). M-A, choice copy has faintest pap. rubs, inaud. MB 65

"'Abd al-Wahhab was fundamental in establishing a new Era of Egyptian music in his homeland and across the Arab world. He also left a mark on the Western world by exposing Egyptian music to Western classical and popular traditions. He's best known for his Romantic and Egyptian patriotic songs. He composed the United Arab Emirates' national anthem. He also composed the National anthem of Libya used by the Kingdom of Libya from 1951 to 1969 and again by the post-Gaddafi transitional government in 2011. He also composed the national anthem of Tunisia as well as the United Arab Emirates national anthem and many Egyptian nationalist songs. 'Abd al-Wahhab is considered to be one of the most innovative Egyptian musicians of all time, laying the foundation for a new era of Egyptian music with his use of non-Arabic rhythms and refined oud playing. In 1933 'Abd al-Wahhab began composing his own style of Egyptian film musical after visiting Paris and familiarizing himself with French musical film. He introduced a lighthearted genre of musical film to Arabic culture eventually composing eight musical comedies between 1933 and 1949. His films portrayed Western social elite and included music that veered off from the traditional Arabic tune. He starred in his 1934 film THE WHITE FLOWER which broke records in attendance and still plays frequently in Egyptian theaters. In 1950 'Abd al-Wahhab left film to focus on being a more profound singer.”
- Wikipedia