Zehava Ben Sings Um Kulthum: Dueling Nationalities and Appropriate Appropriations

By Amy Horowitz

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), May 2005

The author describes the music of Israeli Jewish musician Zehava Ben. Defying categorization, she sings the repertoire of Um Kulthum, a Muslim, Egyptian woman. Zehava's multiple indigeneities, including being born into a poor, religious, rural, Arab-speaking family, allow others to find the idea of an Israeli Jew performing the music of an Egyptian Muslim appropriate. She hopes that her music will bring the dueling peoples together. Appropriating from an "enemy" with a spirit of reverence and reclaimed lineage puts the hostilities of all of the players on the front lines.

Topic: Arab-Israeli Relations, Culture, Artistic Expression, Israeli Culture, Israeli-Arab Relations, Discourse and Dialogue, Peace, Music

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.35/no.621

Page Number(s): 7

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Egypt , Israel , World

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Horowitz, Amy. Zehava Ben Sings Um Kulthum: Dueling Nationalities and Appropriate Appropriations. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). May 2005: 7. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6721


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