Listening to Iraq’s Radio Nehs (People’s Radio). Little talk, much music. Thumbs up.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – With as many as 15 concerts scheduled in an evening it used to be hard to decide which to attend, and pockets of Baghdad came alive with the beat of drums and twang of Iraqi ouds.
But that was a long time ago.
Many of Iraq’s most talented musicians fled during the rule of Saddam Hussein, fearing persecution for their political views and suffering from a lack of funding and exposure if they refused to glorify the leader in their art.