Tuning in to Iraq

21.01.2013                      10.Schwat. 5773

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Tuning in to Iraq

A new permanent exhibition in Or Yehuda displays the instruments and chronicles the history of Iraqi music.

Besides having a significant numerical presence in what is now called Iraq for more than 2,500 years, the Iraqi Jewish community of the first half of the 20th century accounted for much of the so-called classical Arabic music scene there and, in fact, in much of the rest of the Arab world. The Al- Kuweiti brothers, for example, were among the brightest stars in the Iraqi entertainment firmament and were the darlings of such fellow luminaries as legendary Egyptian diva Umm Kulthum and compatriot singer and composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab….