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After Saddam and war, Iraq’s musicians look to home

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.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia covers energy, political and financial news from Kuwait as part of the Reuters Gulf reporting team. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia and Iraq. She moved to Kuwait in 2012."
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      2006
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      English, German, French
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