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 are made from, and “78rpm” is the Speed which such discs are played back on turntables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Assyrian Reel-to-Reel album was recorded by the singers: Yusef Shamun & Evlin Dawud around the year 1958 (Home recordings) in West Assyrian dialect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first single 45″ vinyls were released as early as 1958, I found at least three examples with the same dates, those are by Wardiya Kako, Roosevelt Shawil and Sargon Norman. (The one on the left is by Wardiya and on the right is by Roosevelt Shawil, it was pressed in Germany and released in Iraq)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first EP (Extended Player) vinyl record was released in 1960s by Madam Lili Oraham Taimoorazi (photo below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Assyrian Solo Vinyl LP was released in 1975 by Ashur Bet Sargis. privately Pressed in USA
LP: stands for “Long Playing”, it was the first time they could include more songs/length of time on one record, longer than EP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the first Assyrian group LP album, released in 1962 recorded in Iran and released in USA, among the musicians playing on this record was the famed late Sooren Alexander, this group was organized and arranged by the late Madam Lili Oraham Taimoorazi  (track: Mamyana [Pare Bidashtu & Daud Mikail]

http://www.qeenatha.com/albums/LiliOrahamTaimoorazi/AssyrianFolkDances/380/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(8-track Tape): “commonly known as the eight-track cartridge” was popular from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s when the Compact Cassette format took over. A number of Assyrian 8-track tapes were released mainly in United States and only very few examples have survived for around 10 different singers. Many were bootleg from LP records, only few were originally released as 8-track Tapes such as that of late Albert Ruel in 1975. (Song: Sargon Gabriel & Linda George; Deer Hunter, Lyrics & Music by George Shenko).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While it is difficult to determine which was the last produced Assyrian Cassette, I decided that this could come close as being the last one! However that could change if I find more details on other Tapes. Released by Latif Pola in 2008 produced in Iraq. (Song: Slutha d Khubba Mthumaya)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Assyrian CD was released in 1993 by Walter Aziz and it could even be the first CD released by an Iraqi singer in general. (Song: Rikda Dkhouyada, Lyrics: Gewargis Yoseph, Music: Walter Aziz).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moneer Cherie

www.Qeenatha.com

 

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 .و(سلق لؤليبًٌا سلق لصليوا ) من مقام السيگا . و( امين امين ! آمين أمين ) من مقام الصبا و (قوم شفير قوم شَـپـير ) من مقام الحجاز,( خنين خننا حنين حنانا و گياسا وكروّا جيسا وكربًٌا) وهي ترتيلة تصور جدالاً بين الكروب ( كاروبيم وهو جنس من الملائكة حسب كتاب المقدس ) الذي يحرس باب الجنة وبين اللص الذي اراد الدخول الى الجنة .وهذه القصيدة الطويلة التي تزيد على مائة بيت من الشعر السرياني شاعرها عاش في القرن الرابع الميلادي اي قبل الف وستمائة عام !! اخترتُ منها ثمانية ابيات فقط وغنيتها مع ترتيلة ( خونين خنًًنًا ــ حونين حنانا) لأن كليهما من مقام النوى

ان هذه التراتيل وهذه المقامات هي بالاحرى امتداد للتراتيل وللأنغام والموسيقى السومرية ـ الأكدية والاشورية ـ البابلية لانها تخضع لعلم الموسيقى, وهذا لم يتم انجازه الا في مهد الحضارة ارض الرافدين مع الإبداع المضاف في المراحل اللاحقة, واستطاعت الكنائس الشرقية بذلك ان تحافظ على ذلك الأرث والكنز الفني الذي خلقته العبقرية الرافدينية عبر الاف من السنين كشعاع من اشعة الحضارة الذي ظل يضيء قروناً رغم الدمار الذ اصاب سومر واكد وبابل واشور جراء غزو البرابرة لأرض الرافدين ومحاولة طمس كل الانجازات الحضارية ليحل محلها التخلف والانحطاط في كل جوانب الحياة ومنها الموسيقى ..ولكن من تبقى من أحفاد تلك الحضارة قد حافظوا على بعض الجوانب المشرقة من حضارة أجدادهم العظماء وبشكل خاص الجانب الموسيقي لأنهم نقلوه الى معتقداتهم وحياتهم الجديدة كميراث خالد .وبعد اعتناق شعبنا الدين المسيحي كان له خزين هائل من الالحان والتراتيل والاغاني والملاحم والالات الموسيقية التي توارثها جميعها من اجداده فلم يجد صعوبة في ادخال تلك الانغام في المعتقد الجديد بل ابد فيها منذ القرون الاولى لاعتناقه المسيحية . ومن الجدير بالذكر ان القرن الرابع والخامس والسادس الميلادي انجب شعراء سريان عباقرة اصبحوا فيما بعد مدرسة لكل الشعراء الذين جاءوا بعدهم, حتى من غير السريان . ومن هؤلاء الشعراء العظام مار افرام السرياني (306 ـ373 م)الذي كتب قصيدته الشهيرة في العلم والكتاب وقد جاء فيها ( كةبًٌا نىوٍا فةٌورك: ةسبع منى بوسًمًا كثاوا نهوِ پاثورخ تسبع منه بوساما( ليكن الكتاب مائدتك لتنال منه السعادة .. ) واظن منه اخذ ابو الطيب المتنبي بيته الشهير ( وخير جليس في الزمان كتاب )! ولا غرابة في ذلك لان هذه التراتيل والقصائد كانت ترتل وتعلم وتدرس في الكوفة وكربلاء التي كان يوجد فيها اكثر من ثلاثة وثلاثين ديرا وكنيسة لغتها وطقوسها سريانية لأنها كانت لغة كنيسة المشرق .ولما كان ابو الطيب المتنبي قد عاش في الكوفة في (915 ـ 965م ) يكون مار افرام قد سبقه بستمائة عام !! .. ومن الشعراء السريان المشهورين ايضا مار نرساي ( 399 ـ 502م ) ومار يعقوب السروجي (الذي توفي عام 521 م . وقد نشرت في صفحتي في الفيسبوك عددا من هذه التراتيل ومنها الجدال بين الملاك واللص .وهذا النوع من الحوار الشعري في القصيدة التي رتلتها على العود والذي انتشر في التراتيل الكنسية منذ القرون الاولى يمثل جنس ادبي على شكل حوارات وجدالات وعلى شكل مشاهد درامية كما في هذه الابيات الثمانية التي اخترتها من قصيدة طويلة لشاعر مجهول عاش في القرن الرابع الميلادي, وهو كما قلت حوار بين الكروب الذي يحرس باب الجنة واللص

 

أمر لي جبٌرا من شدرك :
ومن بعا انّة وايكا أةية
ايدا علةا قرةك لكا :
جلي وفشق لي من ايةيك
الكروب : قل لي يا هذا :من الذي أرسلك ؟
ما الذي تريده ,كيف وصلت الى هنا؟!
ومن الذي اتى بك الى هذا المكان؟
قف وبين لي دواعي مجيئك !
امر أنا لك دلي مشالة :
كلي لشنًنك وملي شمع
جيسااّنا ورخمٍا بعية :
ومًرك شدرني واةية لكًٌا
الكروب :سأقول لك يا سائلي :
ابعد رمحك واصغ الى ما ساقوله
انا لصً ولكنني تبتً
وسيدك هو الذي أرسلني

 

وهذه التراتيل ومئات غيرها والتي تُرتل في كنيسة المشرق منذ قرون عديدة , تشمل معظم المقامات لتثبت اصالة التراتيل السريانية وارتباطها الوثيق بالتراتيل والحان الاشورية البابلية السومرية وكونها امتدادا لها ,والتي أصبحت فيما بعد الأرضية الخصبة التي نشأ عليها ومنها المقام العراقي. ولما نشرت هذه المقدمة في صفحتي جاءتني عدة ردود, منها هذا الرد الذي ارتأيت ان اجيب عليه جوابا وافيا اوضح فيه جوانب الغموض من خلال حقائق علمية وتاريخية حسب رأي المتواضع وهو بالطبع قابل للنقاش.وهذا هو رد الصديق الفاضل : ..
(مع احترامي الفائق لك أستاذ لطيف پـولا ..لا توجد تراتيل سريانية او اشورية ..قبل 500 سنه كانت كنيستنا واحده ..وهي بالطبع كنيسه المشرق ..والمقامات هي احدى الدروس التي تقدم في المعهد الكهنوتي ببغداد ..ليس فقط التراتيل ..بل قراءه الانجيل ..والاساتذه هناك يعلمون الاداء ويهذبون الصوت ايضا ..وهذا الاداء لم اسمعه من اي ابريشيات لا الكلدانية او الاشورية او حتى من الابريشيات السريانية في سورية وبلاد الشام

وهذا ردّي على الصديق العزيز
بعد التحية

هل تقصد ان هذه التراتيل وآلافا اخرى لم تكن ترتل قبل المعهد الكهنوتي ؟؟!!. إذا ماذا كان يرتل اتباع كنيسة المشرق التي وضع اساسها رسل المسيح مار أدَّي و مار ماري منذ القرن الأول الميلادي أي قبل معهد الكهنوني بالف وخمسمائة سنة ؟! . هذه التراتيل التي رتلتها على المقامات النوى والصبا والبيات والسيكا والحجاز والطوراني البخ , هي من وضع مار نرساي( 399 ـــ 502 م ) و مار أفرام السرياني ( 306 ــ 373م ) ومار يعقوب السروجي ( 401 ـ 521م ) ومار ماروثا في القرن الرابع ومار رابولا الرهاوي (435م)، ومار ماروثا التكريتي (649م)، و مار يعقوب الرهاوي (708م)، وغيرهم من الشعراء العظام وملافنة كنيسة المشرق الذين سبقوا المعهد الكهنوتي بأكثر من الف عام . ومن الجدير بالذكر ان هذه المقامات وغيرها كانت ايضا ترتل في المعابد الاشورية والبابلية والسومرية والاكدية قبل ان يعتنق شعبنا المسيحية .ويذكر علماء التاريخ ان في بلاد الرافدين كان يوجد اكثر من ثلاثة الاف معبد ولكل معبد جوقة موسيقية , وللتاكيد على ذلك قرأت يوما رسالة لشاب سومري بعثها الى امه جاء فيها مايلي : ( اماه تعبتُ من السير في شوارع اريدو بحثا عن العمل ومن شدة تعبي جلستُ لكي استريح على عتبة احدى القاعات الموسيقية في اريدو ) .. واريدو كما هو معروف هي احدى المدن السومرية .. أسمعتِ يا رابيتا ماذا قال هذا السومري ؟ فهو يقول كان يوجد قاعات موسيقية بالاضافة الى ما كان موجودا من جوقات وفرق موسيقية في المعابد للترتيل وموسيقى الاحتفالات واخرى عسكرية التي كانت ترافق الجيوش في ذهابها للقتال و استقبالها بعد انتصارها على العدو . ولعلكِ شاهدتِ لوحات العازفين على الرقيم لعدة الات موسيقية بابلية او اشورية او سومرية , اجل الذين ابتكروا العود والقيثارة والسنطور والجوزة والمزمار وانواع الايقاعات هم البابليون والاشوريون والسومريون والاكديون ولا بد ان يكونوا قد وضعوا موسيقاهم على اسس علمية خلال حضارة استمرت اكثر من سبعة الاف عام . من الذي وضع هذه المقامات التي تسمى اليوم مقامات عراقية ؟ لابد ان يكون شعبا له حضارة والالات موسيقية . الشعوب التي قدمت من الصحاري او التي لم يكن لها حضارة لم يكن لها علم الموسيقى ولا يمكن ان تكون لها مدارس موسيقية تعتمد على علم الموسيقى والمقامات . ولما كان المقام مبني على العلم فلابد لشعب الرافدين ان يكون هو صاحب هذه الثروة الموسيقية والا لماذا سمي عراقي لأن منشاه هنا من هذه الارض وحتى الموالات الشعبية كالسويحلي والتي تعني بالسريانية ( اشتقتُ) والنايل التي تعني بالسريانية ايضأ

( عذاب , سقم ) وكذلك الأبوذية ,, كل ما هو عراقي الأصل .يعود الى الحضارة كذلك المقامات والاهازيج والمربعات بدلالة انها تغنى في العراق فقط لأنها هنا ولدت ولازال شعبها يغنيها حتى وان تبدلت لغته او معتقده فقد نقلها معه حينما اجبر على تغير لغته ومعتقده واسمه وحتى ملبسه وما التراتيل الا جانبا من تلك الالحان والانغام والمقامات من جنوب العراق وحتى شماله بل ابعد من ذلك بكثير وانتقلت الى شعوب مجاورة اخرى .. وقد اكد على ذلك العلامة المرحوم طه باقر حينما قال: ان هذه المقامات العراقية كانت موجودة في زمن الاشوريين والبابليين وكل ما حصل هو فقط غيروا أسماءها او صُحفت. وذكر العلامة المرحوم طه باقر اسماء معظم المقامات العراقية باسامئها الاشورية ـ البابلية ( الأكدية ) . ومن الجدير بالذكر ان اجدادنا الاشوريين والبابلين والسومريين قد ابتكروا السلم الموسيقي السباعي واستعملوه في موسيقاهم , غنائهم وتراتيلهم قبل غيرهم ولا يزال يستعمل في التراتيل الكنسية وعلى معظم المقامات العراقية المعروفة . في عام( 1929م ) أكتشف عالم الآثار البريطاني السير (لينارد وولي ) في مدينة أور جنوب العراق، في قبر الملكة ( بو آبي ـ شبعاد ـ 2450 ق.م) مجموعة من القيثارات وآلات موسيقية ذات أوتار متعددة ، وكانت من بين هذه القيثارات المكتشفة قيثارتان 1ـ الذهبية 2 ـ الفضية والتي يعود تاريخهما إلى (2450 ق. م ) أي قبل زهاء 4470 سنة . القيثارة الذهبية محفوظة اليوم في المتحف الوطني العراقي قسم السومريات في بغداد، اما القيثارة الفضية فهي محفوظة في المتحف البريطاني ـ لندن وكل قيثارة تحمل احد عشر وترا ً . وهذا يدل على ان السومريين كانوا قد بلغوا درجة عالية من التطور في الموسيقى ومنهم انتقلت الى الشعوب المجاورة . وقد اكتشف العلماء كثير من هذه الالات المتطورة في المقابر الملكية من هذه القيثارات تحمل ثمانية اوتار وقسم منها احد عشر وترا وأخرى ثلاثة عشر وترا . وكان السلم الموسيقي لدى السومريين سباعياً. ولما اعتنق احفاد السومريين والبابليين و الاشوريين المسيحية نقلوا معههم ذلك الميراث العظيم والتراث الخالد في الموسيقى والترتيل وكان خزيناً هائلا من الالحان والانغام وحتى الصلوات والممارسات الدينية والتقاليد الاجتماعية ,لحضارة عظيمة دامت الافا من السنين, ورثها شعبنا من اجداده , من معابدهم وشعائرهم الدينية كاعياد اكيتو وقصة الخليقة وملحمة كلكامش وقصة الطوفان وغيرها نقلها الى معتقداته الجديدة واضاف اليها اشياء اخرى من ابداعاته ولكن الاساس كان هنالك في مهد الحضارة عند اجداده . شعبنا لم ينقطع عن حضارة اجداده وتراثهم وميراثهم رغم زوال حكمه السياسي ورغم كل المأسي والدمار الذي اصابه , لآننا لا زلتا نعيش على ارض اجدادنا العظام ونتكلم لغتهم ونرتل تراتيلهم والحانهم وانغامهم . الذي تغير هو الشكل فقط . ولو سالت ياصديقي الاساتذة الأفاضل في المعهد الكهنوتي المختصين بالتراتيل والموسيقى والتاريخ سيؤكدون لك ما ذهبتُ اليه ,لأن وجودنا التاريخي والاجتماعي والديني والادبي والفني لم يبدأ قبل خمسمائة عام فقط ,كما تفضل يا صديقي الفاضل , بل منذ ان علَّم اجدادنا البشرية اسس الحضارة من القراءة والكتابة الى علوم الفلك والرياضيات والقوانين والموسيقى والترتيلكان ذلك كما ذكرنا قبل اكثر من ( 4500 ) عاماً , يوم كان كثير من الشعوب لا زالوا من سكان الكهوف والغابات لم تنضج عندهم حتى اللغة البسيطة للتعامل مع البشر

 

Assyrian Bands in Iraq

Compiled & written by Moneer Cherie.

 

Band: A small ensemble of musicians, that mainly play folk and pop songs, it usually has up to five members, a singer, drummer, keyboard, Guitar and bass player, that’s a short description of an Assyrian band.

I believe the earliest Assyrian “western instruments” bands were formed in the mid 1950’s in the city of Habbaniya, later on, when Assyrians dispersed all over Iraq, many bands formed in different cities including Kirkuk, Baghdad, Nuhadra, Nineveh, Basrah and anywhere which had a large Assyrian community.

Sources for information on this subject are limited to very few interviews, articles, social media and my personal collection. I tried my best to document or highlight early active bands in Iraq, The article is “work in progress”, So please feel free to message me with any useful information, comments or pictures you may have on this subject? And your help will be appreciated and credited.

Writing about Assyrian bands in Iraq, is filled with many obstacles, for example Band’s names may have remained the same but members were frequently replaced; Bands broke up, members joined other established bands or formed their own new bands, making it harder finding out all the musicians and singer’s names for each band over the years, but I hope this would be a good introduction on this subject.

(Please note; the quality of audio in this article might not be perfect, as many of the cassettes that survived are in used condition):

 

 

 

 

Arabella Band founded in Habbaniya, performing here in 1957 in Baghdad, at the US embassy, with first Assyrian Saxophone player Zacharia Odisho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assyrian Band in Kirkuk (1950s)
(L-R): Walten william, Yousif, Youel Khanania, Emmanuel Benyamin.
Back (L-R): Akshirash Kambar, Veresh Karaken.

 

 

 

Andalous Band – Kirkuk

Photo dated to 1956

1- Warda Khio: Al-Daf (Raq)
2- Benyamin: Drum
3- William John: Accordion
4- Amanuel Markos: Trumpet
5- Henri Karam
6- Paul Markos: Saxophone

 

Photo dated to Mid-1960s:
William: Singing at a social party in Baghdad.
Saxophonist is his brother Wilson,
and accordionists are the late Babajan Yonan,
Avshalim Daniel (photo Ben Yalda).

The Tornadoes

The members of the Tornadoes Band changed:
Originally, they were 5 members:
William Kanoon Cheery: Lead Guitar (Band Leader),
Ben Eramia (Drums),
Wilson Hanna (Vocals),
Dimitri John (Rhythm Guitar)
Oraham Khoshaba (Bass Guitar).

Then Dimitri left the band and Wilson Hana reverted back to playing his instrument (Bass Guitar).
As well as vocals. Oraham Khoshaba became the rhythm guitarist.

Occasionally Johnson Youkhana used to join (the second band) playing the Organ and Accordion. Johnson Youkhana was a talented musician who played Trumpet, accordion, piano and organ.

Then in August 1969 and after graduating with a B.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Uni of Baghdad, William Kanoon, left Iraq for graduate studies in London. In 1973 William came to Australia and played with 2 groups for a few years before deciding he had enough.

At Dora Club 14.August.1968

William Kanoon Cheery on guitar
Wilson Ablakhad Shino on drums
Wilson Hana (vocals and bass guitar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tornadoes: Performing at the University of Baghdad,
College of Engineering in 1968
From L to R:
Ben Eramia: Drums
Dimitri John: Rhythm Guitar
Wilson Hanna(vocals & bass guitar)
William Kanoon Cheery: Lead guitar
Oraham Khoshaba Gabriel: Bass Guitar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Jones Band

1. Jacob Aziz: Saxophone
2. Awesha: Guitar & Singer
3. Johnny abu Don: Guitar
4. Dawka: Drummer

 

 

 

 

 

J. Jones Band

Played on the first single record by Youaw Iskhaq, produced in Iran 1967, William Kanoon Cheery Played Guitar on record.

 

 

Shawel Malko with Buzz Band

 

The Pals Band – Awimalk Haidar

Awimalk Haidar: Singer and Musician, played with couple of band, his 2nd band was called “Pals Band”, photo below, he also released vinyl records in Iraq on Caravan label with Diamond Band (info below)

Pals Band 1966 With Awimalk Haidar on Guitar (2nd from R), and Romeo Hanna on Bass (1st R)

 

Diamond Band

William Ablahad: Guitar
Ashor Y. Nona: Violin
Moshi Youkhannan: Clarinet
George Henry: Drums
William Nicola (Dinkha): Composer/Accordionist

 

Awilamlek Haider Vinyl record released in Iraq with Diamond Band.

 

AKITU Band

From Left:
Robert: Drums
Orahim:  Guitar
Ashur Bet Sargis: Guitar & Singer
Johnson Aghajan: Saxophone

Another Akitu Band photo with Orahim on mic singing – Baghdad

Photo of Ashur Bet Sargis with Hunters Band.

 

Bat Band

David Michael Canoon, original founder of Bat Band. Iraq

Bat Band with Sami Yaqo at Assyrian Sports Club in Dora-Baghdad 1974

David M.Canon: Guitar
Odisho Paul: Organ
Sami Yaqo: Singer
Sam Canon: Drums
Dawood Sargis: Bass

 

 

Singer David Esha with Bat Band at an Assyrian picnic in Baghdad

The Bat Band with Yousif (Oce) Rasho 1986 Baghdad
Oce Rasho: Singer
David Canoon: Guitar
Robert Canoon: Drums
Nabeel Khamo: Orgen
Zaya Youkhanna: Bass

Sang by: Oce Rasho with Bat Band, Iraq 1986 party.

 

Bat Band: (US branch) released few studio albums in America with different band members, this is the 1982 cassette cover with:

Hikmat Tammo: Bass
Edward Notali: Keyboard
John Rustan: Guitar
Shimshon Michael: Drums

#1 – Yalkhto Beteh (Vocal: Edwar) produced in USA

 

Black Birds Band 1970-1972

(photo taken in Sarsank – North Iraq)

David Esha: Singer
James: Guitar (right)
George M. Lawandow: Keyboard
Menas: Bass (left)
Hikmat: Drums

 

 

Los Bravos Band

 

1967 Dora-Baghdad

1968 Dora-Baghdad

Amo Simon: Guitar and Singer (with mic)
Rennie Daniel: Guitar (2nd from left)
Robin George: Bass
Donny George: Drums

 

The Dreamers

Assyrian Club in Kirkuk, the 70’s
Alexander Yousif: Guitar

George Elias – Rose Band

His first band was named Rose Band in 1973 in Baghdad, they played at Ur Family club, with his sister Suaad Elias and the late Guitarist Oshan Chano.

George Elias: Singer
Oshan Chano: Guitar & backup singer

 

 

Spiders

 

 

Albert Oscar Baba with Spiders band in Iraq

Albert Oscar on Guitar with Spiders band – Iraq

(Al-Barak) released tape by Albert Baba with Spiders band.

 

77 Band

Band was established in Baghdad in the early 70s and it remained till late 80’s

Singer: Tony Andrews
Guitar & vocalist: Robert
Keyboard and backup vocals: Johni Younadim
Drums: James Younadim
Bass: Thaher

The band released an album with the late George Khamis in 1979 produced by Al-Baraq Music shop. album contained 11 tracks

 

Reek Band ريك باند

This photo is of the band’s singer Tony Andrews (arrow), this photo was taken in 1979 at the public Social club in Iraq, Tony is also the son of king Biba’s brother, next to him in this picture is Robert on Guitar, this photo is actually of the (77 Band).

The Pilots band

Youel Talia (marked with yellow star), was the drum player and also singer, and later was member of Why-band. He released three albums, two in Assyrian and one in Arabic.

 

Season Band

 

Season Band, named by the people of Kirkuk. The singer of the band was Edmon Season, he begun singing in 1983 with band till 1990, but later moved to Baghdad and joined “We Boxer” band in till leaving Iraq in 1994

Season Band members in Kirkuk 1983:
Singer & Guitar: Edmon Season
Shmael: Drum
Fareed: Keyboards

 

WE Band

 

Early We-band members from the 1970s

Aprim Iskhaq Barwari: Organ
Robert Iskhaq Barwari: Guitar
David Santana: Drums
Salim Esho: Bass Guitar

One of the oldest bands, and was formed in Baghdad, This photo was taken in Baghdad with Ogin Bet-Samo on Guitar next to the keyboard player. (Photo taken at the Assyrian National club – Baghdad).

Band members in above photo:
Singer: Johnson Gabriel (seated)
Keyboard: Edwar William
Guitar: Ogin Bet Samo
Drums: Sargon Daniel
Bass: Youbert Yokhanna

 

Ogin Bet Samo photo with We Band in Iraq, he was member from 1976 to 1979 (photo taken at New Year party in district-52 club)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo taken in Mosul

Singer (R) with Mic: Laith
Guitar: Faris Esho
Drums: Sufyan
Bass: Salim

We Band in 1980 at Assyrian Sports Club in Dora Baghdad. with 1980s band members

Salem: Bass
Youbert: Drums
Adwar: Keyboards
Sargon: Guitar

We Boxer Band

Later, the remaining We band members joined Boxer-band and formed a new band called “We Boxer” band.

Released an album in 1984 in Iraq

Lyrics & Music: Edwar William
Singer: Edwar William

Musicians:
Edwar William: Organ, Violin, Bass
Napoleon Shimon: Guitar
Salman (Sam) Shlimon: Drums

 

Also in 1993 We Boxer band released an album with Edmon Season as the singer (Cassette cover below):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shamiram Band

Emmanuel Bet Younan with Shamiram Band in Kirkuk 1980’s, he formed the band in 1981.

 

Nahren Band – Ankawa (Erbil)

Nahren Band – Ankawa 1983

Singer & Guitar: Syrop (Aziz) Kanon (star)
Drummer: Ramzi
Bass Guitar: Woodman Darman (right pic)
Keyboards: Emmanuel

 

 

Sweet Band

One of the most known bands in the 1980’s in Baghdad was SWEET BAND

From 1990 to 1992:
Salem Sefo: Singer
Joseph Isaac: Drums
Eisho George: Keyboards
Benjamin Isaac: Bass Guitar

The Band released a number of cassettes which featured Salem Sefo singing cover songs of Assyrian hit songs, with an amazing and talented band members including; Eisho George on Keyboards, the band won over the heart of Assyrians in Iraq and to this day their numerous parties are remembered fondly by their fans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The band released a live Cassette of cover versions in 1993 in Iraq, this time the band singer was Zaya Zamara (in red), and album featured a female singer by the name of Fayrooz Francis. Keyboard players on this tape were Ebriss and Nisha. (Original tape cover on left).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 1993
Zaya Zamara: Singer
Joseph Isaac: Drums
Ebriss & Nisha: Keyboards
Benjamin Isaac: Bass Guitar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bee Band (B-Band)

An old photo of Bee Band with the late Biba just visible on the left with microphone in hand, not sure of date or location.

 

The Band released a Cassette in 1979 with vocal singer Wilson Younan in Iraq, containing these songs:

1. Khabra Samana
2. KheZyali B’Ayda
3. Yemi
4. Kmat Gashqan
5. Helane
6. Zona Kapora
7. Akh Min Donye
8. Akh Min Donye (2nd Version)
9. Kheshana
10. Qamodee Atkha
11. Jmeelan Moresha

 

Wilson Younan: Guitar & Singer
Romeal Shiba: Bass Guitar
Johnny Dinkha: Keyboard
Muayed Marogel: Drums

 

Brothers Band

1. Sahir Edwar: Solo & Rhythm Guitar (album arranger)

2. Salam: Organ/Keyboards (album arranger)

3. Esmat: Drummer

4. Sargon Shimon: Singer

5. Wisam Edwar: Bass Guitar

 

Nuhadra Band 

Established in 1972 in Nuhadra (Duhok) was one of the main Assyrian bands in north Iraq, played at the Nuhadra club, one of their singers was the famed Janan Sawa,

 

Bright Band

 

 

Sunny Band

Edward Bet Younan: Drum
Sargon El Moreno: Guitar
Yousif Yalda: Bass
Younan: Keyboards

 

Pylon Band

This photo was taken in 1983, band members are:

Pylon band 1983 standing from left me
top L: Rafael
top R: Yousif Yalda
Yousip Kamal
Loay

 

This photo was taken with Pylon Band members and Bright band members in Baghdad.

 

Nahrain Band (Ankawa)

 

 

Snake Band

Photo taken in 1989

Meikel Michael: Bass
Ashur Sabbo
Warda Khoshaba
Zaya
Samir: Bass

 

Signal Band 1993-1994

Singer: Enwia
David Canoon: Guitar
william Wassim: Drums
Martin: Orgen
Jalil: Bass

Signal band at Damor Club, Baghdad 1993 -1994

cover song by Signal band’s singer Anweya Khamo in Iraq 1994

 

 

I would like to thank the few contributors to this article:

William Kanoon cheery, Frank Bright, James JT, Ogin Bet Samo, Mazen E. Adam, Ogin Eramia Shamoon.

A Voice From The Eighties Echoes In ‘Ghda Gashaqta’ – Tamras Tamras Meets His Fans at Mid-Age

The year 2017 left many of us on a good note and a compilation of eight all original tracks written by some very well-known lyricists and a few new comers who graced the Assyrian pop music industry in this clever selection of dance, national and ballads.

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 together Jazz, Pop, and ancient Byzantine echoes of Mesopotamia to Sevilla, Lisbon to Ibiza forming a unique blend of Jazz and soft Mediterranean grooves. Their style is similar to the Gipsy Kings.

So far releasing four albums, one released in Spain, and three in US, their Debut album was self titled “Nova Manco” (10 tracks, unknown date), then came: Gypsy Fusion 1997 (12 tracks which landed in the 1998 billboard charts), Flight to Paradise 1998 (12 tracks) both albums self-produced for Botanie Music & dedicated to their parents Mari and Paulus a fourth album released in 2002 titled Fortune Teller, but this time with only three original members.

Musicians (original Band):

Edmon: Guitar
Samoel: Guitar
Nadro: Lead Guitar
Giovanni: Drum & Percussion
Salo: Bass Guitar, Keyboards & Percussion
(Inc. a nephew: Gabriel)

They moved to San Diego in 1995, the brothers dubbed themselves NovaMenco, and set up shop to record and play across the United States and the world. With their flamenco guitars flourishing on stage, NovaMenco craft an eclectic mix of tunes harboring a growing reputation for a crowd-pleasing show. Ever since NovaMenco’s album landed in the 1998 billboard charts, NovaMenco has continued the innovations in Modern flamenco. Their unique fusion of flamenco music has enchanted audiences everywhere. And with the addition of their nephew Gabriel, NovaMenco sounds richer and fuller than ever.

Every CD of NovaMenco is a real life experience and travels around the world. The music of NovaMenco is an attention-getting production with melodies said to evoke an air of distant Mediterranean lands with rhythms that exude feelings of liberation from this earthly existence.

 

Nova Menco, release date (unknown),

copy of the hard-to-find debut self titled album, (autographed by all five members). T#5

Track Listings

1 Gypsy Caravan
2 Effeminado
3 El Rocio
4 Caprice Moro
5 La Flor Del Andaluz
6 Moriendo Cafe
7 Faena
8 Galaxiz
9 El Baile De Los Moros
10 Amor E Som

 

 

 Gypsy Fusion: Landed in the 1998 billboard charts, for 4 weeks at #21

Track Listings

1 Mediterranean Breeze
2 Tigris Palace
3 Spring in Toledo
4 Gypsy Wedding
5 Sahara
6 Alba
7 Lorca
8 Gypsy Fusion
9 El Rio
10 Emotions
11 Journey Intro
12 Journey

#2-Tigris Palace

 

 

Flight to Paradise, released in 1998

Track Listings

1 Flight to Paradise
2 Alligator Alley (played on smooth jazz stations across the USA)
3 Constantinople
4 Silent Kiss
5 When the Dead Come Alive
6 Mood for Love
7 Reckless Dance
8 Purple Meadows
9 Back to San Francisco
10 Remembering Marta
11 At Five in the Afternoon
12 Close to the Edge

#4-Silent Kiss

 

In 1999 two brothers left the band and founded another band named (Nadro John), while three remained and released another album titled “Fortune Teller in 2002 under the original band name “Nova Menco”.

Fortune Teller, released in 2002

Track Listings

1. Woman Of The Palace
2. Let’s Jazz Flamenco
3. Adriana
4. Half Moon
5. Missing You
6. Under The Olive Tree
7. Mesopotamia
8. Byzantine Woman
9. French Quarter
10. Nights In Sevilla
11. Nostalgia
12. Fortune Teller

 

 

 

Nadro John

The two brothers (Nadro & Giovanni) formed a new band called “Nadro John” based in Los Angeles USA, and so far released two solo albums, one in 1999 titled “Escape to Venice”, and the second in 2009 titled “Mediterranean Holiday”.

A fusion of Flamenco Jazz and Rumba, Nadro John combines the spirit and energy that spans from California to Italy, Montreal to Madrid. Discover the music and magic of Nadro John.

 

 

 

 

 

Track titled “When Elephants Fly”, from their “Escape to Venice”, album.

 

 

 

Sonia Odisho Pledges Eternal Love in “Taklet A Leleh”

The complexity, yet harmony, between two individuals opposite in nature united through interpersonal relationships has perhaps been best dealt with in the Symposium by Greek philosopher Plato who produced work of unparalleled influence; yet, millenniums later, the quest for identifying ourselves in another person continues.

Jajee D’Beh Nasimo, Revisited

Lucid, invigorating talent between two artists teaming up across continents will likely produce a quality outcome, but in this particular time capsule, it reprised a century of wounds pierced at the very center of the heart for the Assyrian nation, worldwide.

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 Assyrians found themselves suddenly under Russian sovereignty and thousands of relatives crossed the border to join them.

The second wave was as a result of the Genocide and violence during and after World War I.

The third wave came after World War II, when Moscow unsuccessfully tried to establish a satellite state in the region of Urmi in Iran. Soviet troops withdrew in 1946, and left the Assyrians exposed to exactly the same kind of massacres that they had suffered under the Turks 30 years earlier.
Again, many Assyrians found refuge in the Soviet Union, this time mainly in the cities. As a result of that, from 1937 to 1959 the Assyrian population grew in USSR. The Soviets in the thirties oppressed the Assyrians and persecuted religious and other leaders.

After the collapse of the Soviet union in 1991 religious and ethnic persecution eased, and people are free to practice their faith again, and many formed states became independent countries, such as Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and many others.

Assyrian Communities in Russia continue to thrive, as they celebrate their heritage at annual cultural festivals held in the spring and fall. They held numerous festivals, Assyrian New Year celebrations, and Shara’s which commemorate the Saints and Martyrs of the Assyrian Church. One of the most known gathering is held every year in early May, called the Festival of “Khubba”, that’s when Assyrians from all over Russia gather in the village of Urmi in Russia, and it consists of Assyrian football tournament, various folk groups performing Assyrian folk dances, bands playing live music, and has become a great opportunity for Assyrian youths to meet and share their culture and language with each others.


This is a list of some of the Assyrian singers from Russia (former USSR), list contains both active and former singers:

Georgia
-Elbrus Khasko, Gardabani village
-Sara Bit Kash (Bitbunova), city of Tbilisi 1927
-Mikhail Alaverdov, Tbilisi
-Gena Bitmalkishu, Tbilisi
-Ludmila Bitkash

Russia
– Ludmila Khoshaba, Moscow
– Stella Rezgo, Moscow
– Madlen Ishoeva, Oriol
– Nargiz Mirzaeva
– Georgi Yuhanaev
– Dimitrie (Dmitry Mirzaev) and his Son, Moscow
– Garry Rezgo, April 14, 1965, Moscow
– Mariam Tziklauri, Moscow-Tbilisi
– Vladislav Shumunov, Novocherkassk
– Slawik Shumunov, Novocherkassk
– Andrey Azo, Moscow
– Andrey Mikhaylov, (opera singer), Moscow
– Melikov band,Tamara Melikova, Rostov
– Ina Nadirova, St. Petersburg
– Kaprielov’s band (Rafik and Nazi)
– Boris Slivoev, St. Petersburg

Armenia
– Leonid Edigarov, music composer
– Vaso Sadoev, musician Duduk instrument
– Nura Tamrazova
– Alexander Tamrazov

Ukraine
– Madnkha Band from Nezhin city, Ukraine: Arsen Simonov, Avetis Balayants, Miroslav Simonov.
– Bozo Sarkisov, Zurna and son Lionia (daula), 1970s, Gorlovka town

Other
Mikhael Aghasarov
Diana Edigarova
Edvard Aghasarov (musician Dahula)
Zyrna-Arthur Hayrapetyan

 

Army document dated to 1937

of an Assyrian Sniper in the Russian Army, Leon Yaqo Yosip, born 1897, from Armenia, village of Divin.

 

Assyrian Family from Russia includes a number of Musicians

Assyrian Church in Moscow (Mart Mariam)


Sara Bit Kash (Bitbunova), born in 1927 in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia. her family was originally from Jelu in Hakkari. During WWII 1941, she left school and begun working at the age of 14 in a weapon manufacturing company. She married in 1944 when she was 18 to a 22 year old Assyrian man serving in the Army. She had seven children, and her extended family now numbers more than fifty, God bless the all. She begun singing in weddings and parties with a group of ladies, this short bio was taken from an interview in 2013 conducted by Hagyana-Atouraya Site).

 

 

 

 

 

#A song taken from an interview


Ludmila Khoshaba is well-known singer and songwriter from Russia with six official albums and numerous concerts under her belt. She began her musical career in the late ’80s, when she became member of the Assyrian folkloric “Shamiram” group. The group quickly gained international popularity and by 1991 they were invited by the Assyrian American Association to preform in the United States.
While being a member of the group Ludmila also recorded and released an album in Germany in 1992, and her first music video.

Despite the success of the group, it later became impossible to run and organise the group, because of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the economic instability that followed.

However, with Mikhail Sergeev, producer and manager, Ludmilla began to build her own musical career. She focuses on her own music and have found great potential and personal creativity. Ludmila dedication to Assyrian music and its people is an inspiration to younger generations who are learning to take from her songs and their Assyrian culture, traditions and faith in God to the next level.

 

“For You” was the title for Ludmila’s 2004 album, released with 10 songs recorded in Garry Studio, produced by Alex Gorchakov, Russia. (photo on the right)

Vol.1 – Voice from Russia 1991
Vol.2 – Kamoo Let Betkhari 2002
Vol.3 – For You 2004
Vol.4 – Nazdarta 2008
Vol.5 – Tannana 2010

#Atra: lyrics & Music by Ludmila Khoshaba 2010

 

 


This is a photo of a band called Nineveh. (Not much is known about early Assyrian bands in Russia)

 

 

 

Assyrian band from Urmi – Russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stella Rezgo was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, while she was still an infant her family relocated to Moscow, where she was raised. She began performing and writing her own songs at a young age, never forgetting her Assyrian roots, she had made a career as a female lead singer touring Europe with a band of talented musicians and an Assyrian dance ensemble called ‘Shamiram’ in 1994.

Inspired by the tour’s success she eagerly continued to work on her first album and simultaneously worked as a host at the Assyrian radio station “Kalah Atyraya” in Moscow from 1994-1996 in a team with a great educator/writer Marona Arsanis.
Stella immigrated to Canada in 1996 where she currently resides. Upon moving she has continued her musical career. Her music was heard in the United States and Canada where it touched the heart of the Assyrian and Russian Communities. Stella is able to write songs and sing in the Assyrian, Russian and English languages.

#Qola Aldiyana: Lyrics & Music by Stella Rezgo 1998


Mikhail (Michael) Alaverdov: is a singer, song writer and painter from Tbilisi, Georgia. His parents were from Kanda Assyrian village in Georgia, but originally from Urmi in Iran.

Mikhail Alaverdov was born in 1930 in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg). In Tbilisi he graduated from the alfray department of the M. Toidze art specialized school. The people knew him not only as a talented singer, composer, actor, but also as a fine master of wall painting. He was a master with his brush and did the restoration work when renovating the interior of the Opera and Ballet Theater of Z.Paliashvili, and the Theater of Sh. Rustaveli. His works executed with a craftsmanship his work still decorate the building of the Sovereign Court and the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia. His peak singing years were between 1950s-1970s. Some of his records were released in 1960s in Tbilisi.
#Footage of Mikhail Alaverdov: singing a romantic song on stage in 1991 in Russia, accompanied by a Piano player.

 


Vladislav Shumunov: He was the most popular and beloved Assyrian singer in Russia between 1980’s and 2000’s, the famed singer for parties, weddings and Shara festivals. In 1978 he established his band named “Atourayi”, his first concert was performed in Urmia village in Russia 1978, his band members were Vecheslav Shumunov, Vladislav Shumunov, Antoliy Chichilov.

 

This album was released in 2002 with 10 tracks,

all cover version songs. released in Russia. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#track from his 2002 CD, a cover version of Ashur Bet Sargis song sung by Vladislav.


 

Madlen Ishoeva a talented new Assyrian star from Russia, a musically educated artist with two studio albums, she performed verity of songs including her own and old folkloric songs, her first album was arranged by the Assyrian musician Alexander Bakuz titled: Rodanet Khubi and was released in 2010, her second album was released in 2011 titled: Modeton Mara. Both arranged in modern pop style, and I am sure we will hear more from her soon.

 

#9 – Dunyi Mini Kam Parshalukh 2011

Lyrics by: Misho Khishto
Melody by: Christian Odicho Roeel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1Mjp5Rpg-Q

 


Nura Tamrazova released one official album in 2005 titled Urmia, contained nine tracks. She has participated in numerous concerts, parties and festivals over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#06 Nazdari from her 2005 CD

 


Gary Rezgo Was born in 1965 and is living in Moscow, has released three albums, we think that his first album (pictured on left) was released in 2000 titled “group Assyria”, then in 2002 another album Vol.3 was released titled “Youma Khvara” (picture on right) contained nine tracks , and in 2011 I received a Live album of songs both in Assyrian and Russian. But I have not managed to find Vol.2 Studio album yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Bassa ta B Khoulmani
Lyrics & Music by Garry Rezgo 2002


Vaso Sadoev: The Sado family migrated in 1828 from their ancestral Assyrian homeland (Urmia) to Armenia, where they continued to practice their family profession as musicians. This tradition has been kept through all these years from grandfather to father. Today many members of Sado family work as professional musicians and perform for all occasions to Assyrian and other communities.

Two brothers of the Sadoev family are masters in music instrument making, Mikhael and Andrey Sadoev own a music workshop in Eravan Armenia. They specialize in making many strings and wind instruments such as; Oud, Saz, Zurna, Violin, Tamboura, Qanun, both brothers pictured below.

 

 

Vaso Sadoev is both a Zurna and Clarinet player, and is also a singer. The albums that I have been able to document from our originals and the internet are:

Vol.1 – 1995 Yimma (Songs)
Vol.2 – 1996 Assyrian Tunes (Zurna & Dahola)
Vol.3 – 2006 Armenian Tunes (Clarinet)
Vol.4 – 2012 Assyrian cover Songs (Live)
Vol.5-2012 Assyrian & Georgian Songs (Live)

 

 

 

#Song by the voice of Vaso

#Zurna track from Vol.2-1996 album


Demitrie (Dimitry) Mirzaev and his Son Ashour Mirzaev. He released one tape when he was on a musical tour with the Assyrian dance group in USA, album contained Ten songs, both cover versions and original songs. One track is included below from the album,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gena Bet Malkishu: released his debut album in 2001 titled “Jmemoun” with the support of the Assyrian international congress of Georgia. CD contained 10 tracks, Lyrics written by his uncle: Bet Malkishu Benyamin, Music by: Bet Malkishu Dmitri, Arranged by Bet Malkishu John and Gena. Recorded in “GAMA” Studio, Tbilisi Georgia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Jmemoun, Lyrics: Bet Malkishu Benyamin, Music: Bet Malkishu Dmitri.

 


Madnkha Band (Ukraine)

Miroslav Simonov (Keyboards)
Arsen Simonov (Vocal – is the father of Miroslav)
Avetis Balayants (Vocal)
(Alexander Savich (Guitar)

Assyrian band released this album in 2007 in Ukraine, titled “Brata d-Atour”, with twelve tracks, original and cover songs.

 

 

 

 


Elbrus Khasko, Tiflis Georgia

This Assyrian folk song was performed in a documentary produced by the late Lina Yakubova, regarding the life, culture and history of the Assyrian community in Georgia.

 


Andrey Mikhailov (Tenor): Born in Russia in 1987. Graduated from the Musical Pedagogical Institute named M.M. Ippolitova-Ivanova in 2014. Laureate of the International Opera Singers Competition in 2014. Laureate of the Moscow Festival-Competition in 2017. Currently continues to study music, performs in chamber and symphony concerts. has a number of Assyrian cover version songs online.

 

 

#Cover version of Ashur Bet Sargis song; Tanili Lay Lay, from his 1979 LP


#Assyrian Folk Dance group


Compiled & edited by Moneer Cherie
with the assistance of Mr. Vasili Shoumanov

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 made him a deacon. Church was his source of inspiration and music.

His professional musical career started in 1968 in Qamishli, he was chosen to be the first singer to sing a Folkloric song in the spoken western Assyrian dialect with his first song “Shamo Mar”.
In 1971 Habib Mousa moved to Beirut to play an important role in spreading the modern Syriac folk songs. In Beirut he met the famed Assyrian composer Nouri Iskandar where together released Five records (singles) in modern western Assyrian. These songs are still popular until now.

In 1977 Habib Mousa left Lebanon and immigrated to Sweden. He continued his musical career by carrying out many recordings and live shows both in Sweden and aboard. 

Habib Mousa is considered a giant of Assyrian music in western dialect, and collaborated in his early records with another giant of Assyrian music, the famed composer and conductor Nouri Iskandar.

Nuri Iskandar is considered one of the most important living Assyrian composers, he was director of the Music Conservatory of Aleppo in Syria. He was born in Deir al-Zur to an Assyrian family originally from Urfa in modern-day Turkey. He studied at the higher institute of music at the University of Cairo Between 1959 and 1964 and graduated with B.A degree in music. Left Syria due to war and now is living in Sweden.

 

 

 

Compiled & written by Moneer Cherie For www.Qeenatha.com

 

Habib Mousa released this single in Lebanon by Flex company in 1971, 1-‘Laymoutho w-Hubo, Lyrics by Amanuel Salamon, Music Nouri Iskander 2-Lebi Kriho-Yo, Lyrics by Danho Dahho, Music by Nuri Iskander.

 

 

This single was released in 1971 on Flex label in Lebanon, #7217, with two track 1-O Habibo (lyrics by: Abdelmasih Bisseh) 2-Lo Tehfokh (Lyrics by: Joseph Tazi), Music for both tracks by Nouri Iskander

 

 

This single was released by Habib Mousa in Lebanon on Flex in 1972 with two songs, 1-Zabno Tloumo (feat.Nineweh Aho) 2-Shlome Shlome, both Lyrics written by Shabo Bahe and Music by Nouri Iskander.

 

 

This record was released by Habib Mousa in 1972 with two songs, 1-Zliqe Frisi, lyrics by Shabo Bahe, music Folk 2-G-Rohmo-No O Habibaydi, Lyrics written by Abdelmasih Bisseh and Music by Nuri Iskander.

 

 

This single was released in 1971 by Habib Mousa on Kimaphone label in Syria #7645. came with two songs, 1-Shamo Mar 2-Wardo w Afrem feat.Samira Khouri. both written by Danho Danho and music by Pol Mikhael.

 

 

Worthy of mention is this cassette tape released in 1989 containing 11 Assyrian folkloric songs in the Eastern dialect, completed and Mixed in Nineveh Studio in Sweden, accompanied by four musicians in traditional instruments.

 

 

Fuad Ramzi released this single in 1971 in Syria, on Ershadphon, produced by Hammo Ofestaqchi, Two songs titled (1) Hema u Haye, (2) Noqusho, bother written by Shabo bahe including music.

 

 

Jano Barbar released this record in 1971 in Syria on A.C.A “Qala d Mardutha”, song titles are (1) Talakh Ya Khliti written by Amanouel Salamon (2) Habib At Haye written by Abrohom Lahdo, both music by Nouri Iskander. The song “Habib At Haye” was sung by Jalil Maiilo in 1969 but was distributed as bootleg copy and not on an official record, and as I understand it was sung in a different dialect.

 

 

Pol Mikhayel released this record in Syria in 1971 on Kamichly Kimaphone, song titled: Kmisawri L Quli, Lyrics written by Danho Danho, Music by Pol Mikhayel. song was first recorded before the summer of 1971 in Qamishli, and then it’s Reel-to-Reel (Original Track) was taken to Beirut to be pressed. First version of this song was sung by Habib Mousa in the summer of 1968. Pol has sung another five songs but not officially released.

 

 

This record was released in 1974, Music by Gabriel Assad, the two song are titled (1) Num Habib sung by Georgette Arslan, written by Yuhanon Dolabani (2) Forahto with, sung by Sonya Melek Aho, written by Fawlos Gabriel. produced on Flex-Liban, in Lebanon. #8146 on Izlaphone label.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am including this LP (Long Play) record by Nineb A. Lahdo on this post because this is the only LP record released in the Western Assyrian dialect with secular songs that we know, very few LPs have been released in West dialect, another known example is by a female singer named Alice Lahdu, she released her LP in 1979 in USA but included arabic songs. The other LPs have been church records, which I might write about in the future.

1. Azzen Azzen
Lyrics & Music: Dr. Abrohom Lahdo

2. Zabne U Dore (audio included below)
Lyrics: Ninos Aho
Music: Vania David

3. Rhimto d’Leb
Lyrics: Dr. Abrohom Lahdo
Music: Joseph Malki Khuri

4. Tokhu Tokhu Habibe
Lyrics & Music: Joseph Malki Khuri

5. ‘Al I Hubo Na’imto Hat
Lyrics: Yaqub Marawgi
Music: Ninib A Lahdo

 

Compiled and written by Moneer Cherie

More info available in Volume one book by Abboud Zeitoune’s “Music Pearls of Beth-Nahrin” including biographies, background information and stories.