Mideast Egypt Music Street

February 4, 2013 - 11:32 AM
In this Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 photo, Egyptian artisan, Mohammed Karam, 55 works on an oud at his workshop on Mohammed Ali street, a street modeled after Paris’ boulevards, home to musicians, belly-dancers and instrument makers, in downtown Cairo, Egypt. The shops making, repairing and selling musical instruments that once packed the street are disappearing along with their window displays of lute-like, stringed ouds, qanouns and tablas -- a drum made equally for the rapid-fire hand beats of belly-dance tunes or for the languid rhythms of a love ballad by Umm Kalthoum, the most famed singer of classical Arabic music. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)