Tonight I saw an excellent documentary on HBO called Koran By Heart, about an annual contest in Cairo for kids who can recite the Qur'an. These kids' skills (in memorization and music) are amazing.
PS: It was very interesting to watch the kid from Tajikistan being steered by the government into a school where he would learn how to read and write and study subjects other than the Qur'an. His room and board are paid for by the government. It's the only way his father could afford it. That's socialism, and it's for a good cause.
Also interesting was how the Egyptian boy won first place, even though the boy from Tajikistan, who received third place, was the best reciter, in my opinion, and the girl from the Maldives was a close second. The young boy Djamil from Senegal has a great voice, and he will no doubt have a future in some oratory or musical career. But Rifdha, from the Malives, is the smartest, and her dad wants her to be a housewife with no job!