Friday, December 17, 2004

Iraq's Musical Heritage Largely Lost

Daily Times - Iraq's Musical Heritage Largely Lost:

"A leading Arab musician is bemoaning the loss of 'Iraq's timeless treasure of art', knowing not how to retrieve it from the growing debris of destruction caused by the ongoing bloody war in what was once the seat of Arab civilisation.

"'The agony is that Iraq's long-cherished and long-treasured musical and artistic wealth has been looted or burnt during the endless war,' Dr Kihaf Fakhouri, president of the Paris-based International Music Conference (IMC), says.

"IMC, a global association of expert organisations and individuals working in the field of music, was founded in 1949 by UNESCO and mandated to promote musical diversity and support cultural rights for all."

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