While deciding to write these posts has been a politically-motivated act, I don’t think it is my place to write a potted history of each country. There are plenty of other websites written by people who are far better informed than I am that you can visit, and that is what I suggest you do. My role here is to share great music, and hopefully give you a taste for discovering more about the wonderful musical heritage of the countries I have chosen.
Information from Wikipedia about Iraqi music here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Iraq
Ali Al Essawi – Ya Ali (علي العيساوي-بعد عيوني ياعلي)
Language – Arabic
Recorded in Qatar
Salima Pasha – Khaya, Guardian of Passing (سليمة مراد خيه لوصي المار)
Information about Salima Pasha (or Salima Murad / Mourad) here, by a lady who will be making a documentary about her. You can pledge money towards this: https://www.crowdzu.com/funding/campaigns/6/salima-pasha-the-muse-of-baghdad/
BAWIN – Ya Binaya Goumi (Oh Girl, Stand Up)
Choubi Choubi: Folk & Pop Sounds from Iraq, Vol. 1 (Sublime Frequencies)
There are two volumes of ‘Choubi Choubi’ on the ‘Sublime Frequencies’ label, which are compilations containing truly amazing songs by Iraqi artists. I love what they do!
Klodia – Yehannen
Lowkey – Cradle of Civilisation
Song by rapper and political activist Lowkey (Kareem Dennis), born in London but of Iraqi descent. This song is mostly sung in English but about Iraq.
You may also enjoy reading this, which is an article from the excellent Culture Trip website, highlighting contemporary Iraqi visual artist: https://theculturetrip.com/middle-east/iraq/articles/10-contemporary-artists-from-iraq-you-should-know/