Daoud and Saleh Al Kuwaiti, Iraqi/Kuwaiti musicians

“The brothers were born in Kuwait to a family from an Iraqi origin. Their father, a merchant, moved to Kuwait from the Iraqi city of Basra together with some other 50 Jewish families to form the Jewish community of Kuwait. When Saleh was 10 years old, and Daud 8, they received a gift from their uncle who came back from a business trip to India – a Violin and an Oud. So started their love affair with music, an affair that would one day lead them to become two of the greatest musicians and performers in the history of Kuwaiti and Iraqi music.”

The Iraqi capital, one of the biggest musical centers in the Arab world at the time, welcomed the brothers. Saleh used to play violin, and to compose the works and Daud performed them on oud and vocals. Saleh also started attending music school in Baghdad. There he studied both Arab and western music, and soon began receiving requests from artists who wanted him to write music for them.

The brother’s success didn’t go unnoticed by the Iraqi noble ruling class, and soon they became King Faisal’s favorite entertainers. They performed for him and composed music for various formal events – the highlight being a piece composed by Saleh for the King’s coronation ceremony. In 1936 Iraq’s Minister of Education asked Daud and Saleh to take part in establishing Iraq’s first radio station.

Throughout their career, the brothers never hid their Jewish identity. They made use of their fame and fortune to help the Jewish community in Iraq. (Wikipedia)

4 responses to “Daoud and Saleh Al Kuwaiti, Iraqi/Kuwaiti musicians

  1. Hot diggity, mafr1! this is great. i had a feeling that i’d better get up early and snag those tpp diaries just in case you posted one. it looks like you figured out the blogging software jig-quick, you brilliant mofo…er…mafr. which category should it be in, or should we create a new one?

    for now, let’s leave it without a More break, cuz after all, it’s the first non-wendydavis piece here. hooooooray!

  2. how about a music category?

    The sad part of the brother’s story is that they moved to Israel in the fifties, and were ignored, according to the wikipedia entry.

    Please explain “more break”

  3. Just made a Music Videos category, and gave it to this one. well, that is sad, isn’t it? did the wiki speculate as to why that was? sort of silly, but the song reminded me a bit of one chanukah cd we have, but it’s too far back in a low cupboard for me to get out at the moment to see if i’m crazy or not (or at least on this matter…). ;~)

    Here’s the info on the more break. the wordpress help menu really is good; i just type anything i want to know into the search engine, and bip! i almost always find what i’m looking for *if* i know what search terms to use.

    don’t worry about it for now, and i can even do it later on. juliania is working on an essay, and i’ll post a new monsanto one soon, but mine only need titles, really, so i’ve been putting the more break in first.

    oh, i also had figured that folks could link to their posts, or others here, to take out and about to other sites. i keep hoping more disappeared or renegade folks may show up, as well.


  4. two other things: we can rebrand the site any time. i’ve done so half a dozen times already, and we can even take turns naming it, see what sticks.

    and the More break will come in handy if you have a number of videos you’d already like to post…like the one i couldn’t watch, but don’t have to (at least just now). but as i said, if there are several in a row, i can pop in the break easily, or you can.

    i wish the live version of ‘king of birds’ were embeddable; i’d like that one to be here. maybe they’ll free it one day soon, who knows?

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