Morad Records

Morad Records (U.S.A. ethnic) / c. 1948

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Design: Three completely different Roman type families are seen on this indifferently-printed label: a large size of Italian Old style for the label name; Bodoni 'Modern' for the artists's name and slab-serif 'Egyptian' for the song title. Also featured are five-pointed stars, a pair of guinea-fowl (?) and a cut-out image of the artist.

History: Najeeba (Morad) Karam was a renowned Arabic singer who performed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico for about 35 years. A Catholic Maronite Christian, she graduated from high school in New Bedford, Mass., and moved to Buffalo, N.Y. in 1952, dying there in 2004 at the age of 93. The Maronite sect had its beginnings in Lebanon; St. John Maron, the 7th century saint for whom the order is named, was Patriarch of Antioch. Probably the records were privately made and sold at live performances. Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.




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