September 8, 2009 Salaam's "Layla" subtly transposes a genre of music few Americans are even aware of into a sonic realm that feels enchanting and exotic, while still strangely familiar. Led by by Dena El Saffar, a Chicago-born Iraqi-American, the group draws on the traditional music of Iraq and Egypt.
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The group Salaam is centered around string instrument specialist Dena El Saffar, percussionist Tim Moore, zither-ist Hakan Toker and (not pictured) trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, brother of Dena.
August 22, 2009 For classically trained Iraqi-American violist Dena El Saffar, a trip to Baghdad before the Gulf War launched a musical revolution. On a new self-titled record, her band Salaam takes an Iraqi folk tradition in new directions.
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