June 19, 2007
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MEDIA ADVISORY
FROM NPR NEWS BAGHDAD BUREAU:
PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW WITH IRAQI "BAGHDADI SQUARE" SINGERS
ON "MORNING EDITION," JUNE 20

AUDIO TO BE AVAILABLE AT WWW.NPR.ORG

ADNAN AL SHEIKHLY AND MOUWAFAK AL TAYAR
PERFORMING TRADITIONAL FORM OF SINGING
KNOWN AS “BAGHDADI SQUARE”


June 19, 2007 - NPR News Baghdad bureau will feature an interview with and performance by two Iraqi singers capturing the “Baghdadi Square” traditional form of national singing. The segment will air on Morning Edition on Wednesday, June 20. The segment will also be available by 11 a.m. EST at www.NPR.org.

NPR News Baghdad Bureau Chief Jamie Tarabay speaks with Adnan al Sheikly and Mouwafak al Tayar, two Iraqis who perform the Baghdadi Square, a musical form known for its spontaneity, wit and improvisation and used to enliven weddings and other celebrations throughout the city. Such performances are now rare, but these musicians make a special appearance to share their music and its history on Wednesday, June 20.

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