28 Apr 2017

Rahim Alhaj: Letters From Iraq

From Access All Areas, 2:00 pm on 28 April 2017
Rahim Alhaj

Rahim Alhaj Photo: Michael G. Stewart

Grammy-nominated Iraqi musician and composer Rahim AlHaj regards himself as a peace activist who accompanies his message with an Oud, one of civilisation's most ancient stringed instruments.

Rahim Alhaj - Letters From Iraq cover image

AlHaj, who was born in Baghdad and was once imprisoned for his activism under the realm of Saddam Hussein, is now an American citizen living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

His new album Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet draws from stories and experiences recounted to him by people in his native country after the US invasion.

For RNZ Music Trevor Reekie talks to Rahim AlHaj.

Music details

Artist: Rahim AlHaj
Song: Letter 6. Unspoken Word – Laila
Composer: Rahim AlHaj
Album: Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet
Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Artist: Rahim AlHaj
Song: 07 Letter 7. Fly Home – Fatima
Composer: Rahim AlHaj
Album: Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet
Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Artist: Rahim AlHaj
Song: 01 Letter 1. Eastern Love – Sinan
Composer: Rahim AlHaj
Album: Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet
Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Artist: Rahim AlHaj
Song: 04 Letter 4. The Last Time We Will Fly birds
Composer: Rahim AlHaj
Album: Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet
Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Artist: Rahim AlHaj
Song: 03 Letter 3. Running Boy – Fuad
Composer: Rahim AlHaj
Album: Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet
Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Artist: Rahim AlHaj
Song: 08 Letter 8. Voices to Remember – Zainab 

Composer: Rahim AlHaj
Album: Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet
Label: Smithsonian Folkways