Andy hears Sufi trance music in Baghdad's most famous mosque, visits Baghdad's Voice of Youth FM station, and meets one of Iraq's top performers, Ilham Al-Madfai, who now lives in Jordan.
In his second encounter with Iraq and its musicians, Andy Kershaw meets one of Iraq's top performers, now a famous name throughout the Arab world. Ilham Al-Madfai was born in Baghdad, became a star singer in the 1970s, but left Iraq when Saddam Hussein came to power in 1979. However, at the start of the Gulf War in 1991, he returned to Iraq to become a national hero. He now lives in Jordan's capital, Amman.
Andy also hears Sufi trance music in Baghdad's most famous mosque and visits Baghdad's Voice of Youth FM station.
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A song about the Tigris
An Iraqi folklore band singing a song about the Tigris river
Iraqi Maqam music
The history of Maqam as Baghdad’s main entertainment opportunity
The chanting of Sufis
Andy at a mosque in the centre of Baghdad hearing the chanting of Sufis
Andy learns about Sufism
Andy speaks to a Sufi in a Baghdad mosque and learns about Sufism
At Baghdad's Voice of Youth FM station
Andy visits Baghdad's Voice of Youth FM station owned by Saddam Hussein’s son.
Andy with Ilham Al Madfai
Andy in Amman, Jordan meeting Ilham Al Madfai, Iraqi musical legend living in exile.
Memories of Bagdad
Ilham Al Madfai tells Andy Kershaw about the Baghdad he remembers, glamorous and lavish
On "Ya Adouli" plagarised by Boney M
Ilham Al Madfai on combining the old and new in his music
Losing 2m dollars to piracy
Ilham Al Madfai talks to Andy about music piracy in Iraq and the Middle East
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