What reminds you of the past?

Music, photos and other time machines

A song or photo can take you back in time. Nostalgia is a bittersweet emotion. It is a yearning for a past long gone, when everything seemed better.

The music of Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum (c. 1904-1975) inspires wistful melancholy across the Arab world. She was the most celebrated Arab star of the twentieth century. Whenever she sang, the streets were empty. Her sonorous voice takes people back to a hopeful time of Arab unity, freedom and progress.

 Surrender to the world of Umm Kulthum. And discover how young singers are inspired by her music.