Entries by Moneer Cherie

Caravan Music House – Baghdad

These days Assyrian singers produce and distribute their own albums, but it wasn’t always this way. Assyrians as early as the late 1950s had established a number of music recording labels, those were mainly in Iraq and Iran, those production companies were responsible for signing new singers, producing and distributing their albums locally and internationally. […]

Albert Ruel Tamras – Life And Music by Moneer Cherie

Born in the iraqi city of Habbaniya in 1944, to father Ruel Tamras and mother Madam Khanna, he was married to Madam Yolia David, had one son Yousip and two daughters Nahrain and Nurra. Albert began singing officially in 1960s, he wrote the lyrics to all of his songs, and composed some of the music […]

First Assyrian albums, on different formats.

This is an attempt to compile a list of our first and last albums released on different music formats. By Moneer Cherie   The first known Assyrian record in the world was released in 1917 it was a Shellac 78rpm record, released in USA by Joseph and Anna Yonan. Shellac : Is the materials discs […]

الموسيقى والترتيل بين الامس واليوم

الموسيقى والترتيل بين الامس واليوم لطيف پولا                   سبق وان قلنا في تقديمنا لأنواع التراتيل مثل (اِمر لي عيتا ايكا ؤبٌيتي ابٌنكي إمر لي عيتا أيكا صويت اونيخ …) وهي من مقام البيات و ( ةًاوو سبٌوو اخًيْ ـ تاو ساو احاي ) من مقام أورفا ديواني […]

Assyrian Bands in Iraq

Compiled & written by Moneer Cherie.   Assyrian band: a small ensemble of musicians, mainly playing folk and pop songs, they usually consisted of a singer, drummer, Keyboard/organ, Guitar and Bass players. I believe the earliest Assyrian “western instruments” bands were formed in the early 1940s in the city of Habbaniya, later on, when Assyrians […]

NovaMenco: The Assyrian Guitar Brothers

  Born in the birth place of civilization, the land that gave humanity; culture, literature, science and music. A family of five brothers born in Beth-Nahrain, modern day Iraq. Nova Menco: The international renowned five Assyrian brothers flamenco Band, based now in San Diego. This Assyrian family of musicians with their modern flamenco style fuses […]

Assyrian Music in Яussia (USSR)

Iиtяoducфion to Assyrian Music & Singers in Яussia (USSR)   Compiled & edited by Moneer Cherie with the assistance of Mr. Vasili Shoumanov Assyrians came to Russia and the Soviet Union in three main waves. The first wave was after the Treaty of Turkmenchay in 1828, that delineated a border between Russia and Persia. Many […]

Habib Mousa and other Assyrian Records in West dialect

Habib Mousa was born in Malikiyeh-Syria on October 9, 1952 and raised in Qamishli where he studied at the Syriac school. He was appointed at the age of ten to be the lead singer of the choir after his voice was recognized by Yousef Shamun. Since his early childhood he liked the church melodies that […]

Iconic Assyrian Album Covers

Compiled and written by Moneer Cherie Album covers are an opportunity for singers to make a first impression. The artwork could tell the story of songs and music style in the album, but not necessary, it could just be making an important statement. But most of our Assyrian covers lack artistic vision, and are mundane […]