Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Raad and Mithaq Al Samaray became known to the public in 1998 when they were invited to a radio talk show hosted by Majeed Al Samaray called "dialogue, with no limits" where another host was present, the famous Iraqi musician Talib Al Gharagholly, who was stunned by the performance of the twins and gave big compliments and adviced them to work harder and to exercise in order to improve better with their musical career. Since then, the twins appeared on a number of programs and talk shows, and for years followed they built large public base through many live performances in Iraq and Syria.
At that time, the Iraqi twins rejected the idea of making their own music, because of their family's objection to the idea of making a career in music, in addition to the high cost of making music, which is financially not affordable for them. Yet, the time came when the twins had to take the decision, and "Dhihketly" was the key to fame. A song that was made as a video clip, Central-Iraq dialect in the lyrics was used, and a funny story line of two look-alike brothers fight for the heart of one girl. The video clip of the song also boosted the success of the song. Bigger success achieved when the twins appeared on Al sharqiya TV channel in an interview on "Tarachi" program, while they were filming another video clip of one of their songs.
This was the first time I saw those guys on TV and saw "Dhihketly" later on.
The twins put it clear more than once that they are not eager to make quick dance songs, because they like to make slow, romantic, and more melodic style of songs. However, the songs they became known for are the quick and semi-commercial, yet, according to them will and should not be considered as the brand they would be known for.
With the help of Iraqi artist, Yihya Al Jabiry, Raad and Mithaq Al Samaray appeared more on TV and they became more willing to participate in different Iraqi music activities - there is a very nice "mawal" on the internet by the twins singing for Iraq.
Love their voice, and the combination of traditional Iraqi singing style with the modern technological mixing of the music.
Ya Ammi Aleene
Ibn Il Iraq
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Watching with anxiety live TV of the statue falling and Iraqis run to slap the statue with everything their hand can hold was a relief, it was the end of a regime that doomed a nation for decades. At the same time, the happiness was not complete, because of what to come; it was an occupation that toppled the regime. Not that I was foreseeing the future of
This happened in the past six years. It is when
I was reading a blog post written by an American woman in 2003 when she expressed her fear and concern on what might happen to a dear friend of hers who joined the
I don’t know if the friend of that American blogger made it back – that blogger stopped writing last year. But there is one thing for sure: the macho attitude depicted in that blogger’s words did not resolve but to other than more dismay, for every human being living on this planet, and there is no exaggeration here.
Reminds me of the time many years ago: the whole world hated us because of Saddam
However, the real tragedy was put upon the Iraqis; hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis paid the price for others, and
It became entirely different from the
Speaking of treasure, I should not forget those with sick minds and shaky faith in their country; I am talking about those Iraqis living abroad who found in Iraq after the toppeling of the regime the golden opportunity to gain political and financial benefits: from those who turned from engineers to car dealers, for example, and started exporting used cars to Iraq; or people living in Europe on social security help suddenly turned into land owners in Iraq. I am not going to talk about those politicians and head of academic institutions who forged recognized university diplomas and became suddenly an important person with PhD in certain field of expert.
History and culture, and even the Geo-political nature of
What saddened me most, after 6 years of observing the political scene in Iraq is the sum of lies put forward, the number of manipulations in the words of those who come on TV or write on the internet and newspapers talking about Iraq and what is happening in Iraq. Politicians talk about their honesty, their achievements, about their care for the Iraqi people, about their unlimited power to serve Iraq, to help in bringing justice to those deserve justice. It is outrageous that all Iraqis, from north to south knows certain people or certain individuals as being liars, and those liars know that ordinary Iraqis think that way about them, but they became so shameless to continue in what they are doing. This is not limited to Iraqis, it expands to include other known figures from other countries...
Wait a minute, the whole war and occupation thing is based on a lie and manipulation
9 of April 2003 marked the end of tyranny in
Saddam made his promise true!
A side note, while people remember and watch the anniversary coverage of the fall of Saddam’s regime on different TV stations today, there was an interview yesterday and today with Dr. Hasan Al Bazzaz, the brother of former Prime Minister, Abdel Rahman Al Bazzas, who died in after he has been jailed and brutally tortured by Saddam’s Regime. The broadcast came on time, in my opinion, to remind people of a period in modern history of
Will we, as Iraqis learn from our past, from such a bloody and sad history of our country?
There is no contradiction, and I can't say that days under Saddam were better. We used to see threats of military and secret intelligence, where they would storm our house at any minute. We, as Iraqis, have been into a position where the brother cannot trust his brother. We remember how Saddam and his clan butchered innocent people for no reason, confiscated lands and houses from citizens because one of Saddam's family liked that land, slay on anyone's throat if he or she would say anything that might give a chance for Iraq to pprogress and to become one of the most advanced and economically powerful countries in the world.
Not to forget that the former regime, because of its insanity caused a country with massive rich resources goes in deep hole of debts. Finally, it was the same regime that crushed the country into a position where the weak and the strong from all over the world would feed on its remains.
However, in spite of all what happened, all the sorrow, wariness, heart-bleeding events took place in the past years I do share optimistic views on the future of