The Lost Honor of Farid al-Atrash, Egyptian Legend

Forty years after his death, a tribute to the singer who was tormented by the feeling that he’d never be an equal among equals in the Egyptian pantheon of giants.

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He was a Druze prince who had to make a living selling textiles; the “king of the oud” who dreamed of composing for the Egyptian diva Umm Kulthum, but was rebuffed; one of the great singers of the Arab world,...