Maqam music

Andy Kershaw with the 87- year- old father-figure of Iraqi Maqam music (based on Arabic musical modes known as Maqamat), Haj Hashim Al Rajab who tells him the history of Maqam as Baghdad’s main entertainment opportunity and about the Jews’ role in Iraqi Maqam music before they left Iraq. According to Al Rajab 25 Maqam modes are already dying but Saddam Hussein, who is a ardent lover of the genre, supports it.

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