The Al-Kuwaity brothers: a celebration

Born in Kuwait to a family of Iraqi Jews, Saleh and Daoud Al-Kuwaity were one of the most celebrated musical duos of the Arab world in the 1920s and 30s. They founded the Iraqi Radio Orchestra and performed alongside stars like Um-Kalthoum. In 1950, however, they were forced to leave for Israel, along with most of Iraq’s Jewish community. Their career took a nosedive; Saddam later declared them non-persons. With his demise, the huge contribution of the al-Kuwaity brothers to Arab popular music is beginning to be recognised once again.To mark the centenary of Saleh al-Kuwaity’s birth, we will be telling the remarkable story of the al-Kuwaity brothers in pictures, words and music. Wiith author Heskel Kojaman, Sarah Manasseh, singer and expert on the music of the Babylonian Jews and Ehsan Aleman (oudh player)

Sunday 29 November
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