I loved you for your voice

by Selim Nassib

This is the story of the Arab world’s greatest and most popular singer, Umm Kalthoum, told through the eyes of the poet Ahmad Rami, who wrote her lyrics and loved her all his life in vain. Spanning over five decades in the history of modern Egypt, this passionate tale of love and longing provides a key to understanding the soul, the aspirations and the disappointments of the Arab world.