“The first day I walked in the studio, I noticed that Robert Plant was wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Oum Kalthoum on the front. She was one of the most famous female Egyptian singers ever. When we said hello, I asked him about whether he knew who that singer on his t-shirt was. His reply was, “Yes, it’s Oum kalthoum.” Then he said to me, “Do you know who I think is the best singer I’ve ever heard?” I said, “Who?” and he replied, “Abdel Halim Hafez. I think he’s got the best voice I’ve ever heard.” I couldn’t believe Robert Plant said that! That is my favourite singer too! This year, that singer won an award for best vocal voice. You wouldn’t think that someone like Plant would say something like that when he himself is so famous for his own voice. I went back to my country and told everyone about how Robert Plant said Abdel Halim Hafez has the best voice in the world. “ – Farouk El Safi, Egyptian musician who received platinum disc for appearing as the Daf and Bendir (Arabic drumming) player on Kashmir from the live album No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded.
Oum Kalthoum (Arabic: أم كلثوم, other English spellings include: Umm Kulthum, Om Kalthoum, Oum Kalsoum, Oum Kalthum, Omm Kolsoum, Umm Kolthoum, Um Kalthoom) (1904–1975) was an Egyptian singer and musician.
Oum Kalthoum was born in Tamay ez-Zahayra village in El Senbellawein, Dakahlia Governorate, Egypt. Her birth date is controversial, either 31 December 1898, 31 December 1904 or 4 May, 1904. She died 3 February, 1975.
From wiki: During the Middle Kingdom (c. 2040–1640 BCE) blind harpists are depicted on tomb walls. The ancient Egyptians were not exclusively interested in the causes and cures for blindness but also the social care of the individual.“ Wiki source: The history of special education”, Margret A. Winzer", p. 463, Gallaudet University Press, 1993, ISBN 1-56368-018-1
… The Ancient Egyptians were the first civilisation to display an interest in the causes and cures for disabilities and during some periods blind people are recorded as representing a substantial portion of the poets and musicians in society. Wiki source: "Everybody belongs", Arthur H. Shapiro, p. 152, Routledge, 2000, ISBN 0-8153-3960-7