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Cairo's musical heart, Mohammed Ali Street, fades

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Cairo's musical heart, Mohammed Ali Street, fades

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)

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