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Ceremonials



This episode of Tuning Baghdad brings together various versions and recordings of unique songs related to ceremonial and holiday rituals specific to the Jews of Iraq, though often enjoyed and shared by all communities in Iraq. Basha plays early recordings of songs found in her father's cassette collection, such as Afaki Afaki --a litany from the groom's mother to the bride's mother (bravo to you, for the trick you have played) and the festive, Abu Henna which showers the bride and groom with blessings. Other tracks include a beautiful 16th century Aramaic song that continues to be sung at Hannukah.
 

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Tuning Baghdad host Regine Basha asks the question: can there be a musical citizenship? through her explorations into the musical history of the Iraqi-Jewish diaspora. Each episode features home recordings of the last generation of Iraqi Jewish musicians of Baghdad still performing today and beloved arabic songs from Egypt and other countries that intersect with the ensemble instruments and musical scale of the Maqam. Additionally, Basha shares "mystery mixtapes" from her own family archives.
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