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Iraq virtuoso to return to troubled homeland

Naseer Shamma and the Eastern Orchestra (Silk) perform at the Royal Opera House in the Omani capital Muscat on September 27, 2010 as part of a series of cultural events and performances marking the 40th anniversary of Sultan Qaboos' accession to the throne in the Gulf sultanate. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED MAHJOUB

A former Iraqi soldier and prisoner who brought one of the world’s oldest stringed instruments back into the spotlight is set to end his exile and take his haunting songs back home.

Posted: January 8th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Renowned Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma performs at the CCP

Iraqi musician Naseer Shamma, who is one of the most esteemed and prolific oud players today, will be in Manila for a concert on Dec. 3, 7 p.m., at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The show “An Oud Concert: The Spirit of Naseer Shamma” is a presentation of the CCP, the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq and the Spouses of Heads of Mission.

Posted: November 19th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »