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Oum Kalthoum, Masjid tiles. The duration of Umm Kulthum's songs in performance was not fixed, but varied based on the level of emotive interaction between the singer and her audience and Umm Kulthum's own mood for creativity. An improvisatory technique, which was typical of old classical Arabic singing, and which she executed for as long as she could have, repeating a single line or stance over and over, subtly altering the emotive emphasis and intensity and exploring one or various musical…

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