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Iraq's classical and gypsy music traditions

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 14 July 2001

Andy's Sony Award-winning two-part documentary on music in Iraq. He meets Qassim al-Sultan, one of Iraq's leading pop stars whose songs praise Saddam as a national hero. He also explores the wilder sounds of Iraq's little-known gypsy community, and searches the pirate record shops for CDs by Kenny Rogers.

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  • Andy Kershaw in Iraq

    Andy Kershaw in Iraq

  • Traditional music of Iraq

    Traditional music of Iraq


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