Andy meets Qassim al-Sultan, one of Iraq's leading pop stars whose songs praise Saddam as a national hero. He also explores the Iraq's little-known gypsy community.
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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Tom Petty and Ilhram Al Madfai
Andy Kershaw listens to Tom Petty and Ilhram Al Madfai
Andy Kershaw in Bagdad
Andy Kershaw finds out why there is no shortage of goods in the Bagdad market
Quassim Al Sultan
Dr Darwish introduces Quassim Al Sultan
Andy interviews Qassim Al Sultan
Andy interviews young Iraqi pop star Qassim Al Sultan
Qassim Al Sultan talks about patriotism
Qassim Al Sultan tells Andy about his loyalty to Iraq
Qassim Al Sultan on sad songs
Qassim Al Sultan tells Andy about the Iraqi tendency for sad songs
Andy at a record shop in Baghdad
Andy at a record shop in Baghdad where they copy and sell pirate music
Andy Kershaw meets Dr. Ali Abdullah
Andy Kershaw meets the DG of music and arts in the Ministry of Culture
Andy tries to record Kurdish Musicians
Andy seeks permission to record Kurdish musicians, but instead gets a duo of non-Kurds
Andy meet Iraqi Gypsies
Andy in the outskirts of Baghdad meeting Iraqi Gypsies.
Andy with gypsy singer Sahar al Basri
Andy speaks with gypsy female singer Sahar al Basri about the tradition of women singing.
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