22.5.07

Kathem Al Saher

They called him "the Caesar of Arab Singing" and many other names which corresponded to his status, he did many great Songs and has his name on many other outcries for the children of Iraq. That was great.

The Dixie Chicks took a position and they stood up for it, regardless of whether I agree with them or not, I respect them because they tried to use their fame and celebrity status to do what they thought is good.

Kathem on the other hand outright lied: "The War is over" he sung in 2003, the war started on my b-day, but for the life of me I couldn't find where it said the war was over. Kathem, who says his father is a Sunni and his mother is a Shiite and thus dismissing the claim that he has anything to be sectarian about, joined Soprano Sarah Brightman and told me a lie that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand.

Until that point I loved him, I bought his every record, memorized every song, but then he made a masterpiece of music, which I hated, not because it wasn't good, I just said it was a masterpiece, but because he gave me and I suppose many others, false hope of a very near shinning future.

I want to someday look back at this post and say: "Well, he was only a few years off" I really want to. Still listen to this if you know Arabic.
It was a song written with no intentions.

P.S. I have not bought an album of his since.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Common man, Kathem is a really great singer and a great person. He sung that song in hope, not to tell a fact, because everyone clearly knew that the war is not over at the time of the song, nor is it over now. The song was even followed by another song which I think was called something like "Iraq wal nar" he depicted how just like the mongols were able to destroy baghdad, Iraq never died, and never will. I think he is just trying to look on the positive side of everything, and he is not only lying to you, he is lying to himself as well. I find that I do that all the time. Watching my people die on CNN is just pointless now, I just look towards a better future (Bush is leaving in less than a year) and not listen to anything about what is going on now.