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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
Ayub Ali
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Musician: Ayub Ali

Location: Birmingham

Instruments: voice, song writer

Music: Kurdish modern / Farsi

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Ayub Ali's music has been recorded by Sound It Out Community Music in Birmingham.

Listen  Listen (2'43) to 'Kham', written and sung by Ayub Ali with Twana Faraj on keyboard, Goran Kamil on violin, Jana on the Saz and engineered by Kevin.

'Back home, we were not allowed to sing as much as we wanted. We were only allowed to choose certain subjects'

How I came to this music:

I started to sing when I was a child at school, it was my hobby. I used to listen to Kurdish and Arabic music. My favourite Kurdish singer is Mazhar Khaliki where as Ibrahim Tatlises is my favourite Turkish singer. You might have heard of Umm Kalthoum who sings in Arabic. I like her too. I listen to Moen and Darush in Farsi but my favourite English-speaking singer is Whitney Houston!

I started performing on the stage when I was 20 years old. We played at parties and concerts when I was at university. I even filmed music for some television in Iraq; it still gets played on the satellite channels to this day. I realised that I wanted to do this more professionally so I got some help from musicians back home in Iraq and I put together an album. Most of my songs are about love. I released this first album in 1997 and I am working on my second one now in the U.K.

My music does not include political issues; it's mostly about love. Back home, we were not allowed to sing as much as we wanted. We were only allowed to choose certain subjects. I have more freedom to sing what I want now that I am in the U.K.

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