Over the years, Iraqi singer Kathem El Saher has become one of the hottest topics in the entertainment world, for reasons like being away from his home country for over a decade. For the first time since relations between Iraq and Kuwait took a downturn, Kathem held a personal interview with the Kuwaiti based daily, Al Qabas, in an attempt to show the world that he holds no grudges.
In the interview the singer talked freely and openly saying that despite the conditions that had clouded the region, his personal opinion of Kuwait and its people is the same he holds for Iraq and its people. He stressed that the minute he receives an invitation from any Kuwaiti sponsor, he will immediately arrive to the scene.
Kathem added that even though he had not performed in Kuwait, Kuwaiti citizens had always made it a point to show up at his concerts whether they where in a neighboring Arab country or in the West. Kathem made it clear that the dirty politics is the main reason why relations between the two countries worsened.
With regards to Kuwaiti singers, Kathem revealed that his personal favorite is Nawal, stressing his admiration of her romantic style in singing and adding that he had always made it a point to show his appreciation to her music when he runs into her by chance. The singer noted that he is always willing to hold a duet with any Kuwaiti singer to clarify that he has always been at peace with them and they are no different than his brothers in Iraq.
El Saher recently completed placing the final touches on his upcoming album scheduled for release this month, in order to return to France to be by the side of his mother who is receiving medical treatment. It was revealed that his mother's health is improving gradually and the singer should return to the Middle East in no time with her.
Rcently a book has been released in Beirut about Kathem entitled "The Savior of Romance", written by Hala Mohammad as a special gift to the singer and his fans. The singer is scheduled to take part in a number of summer festivals around the Arab world, a tradition he has followed throughout his singing career.
El Saher and British singer Sarah Brightman have recently completed a duet under the title “Intahat El Harb” (War is Over). The singers have come together to show the world that peace can be achieved when the West and East unite.
Al Saher revealed that he will be heading back home to Iraq after being away for over five years. The singer feels that it is his duty and responsibility to stand by his people and support them in any way he can.
Kathem has made a vow to dedicate his music and life to Iraq. Kathem said that he will return to serve Iraq in any way he can, adding that his people and country need him in their rebuilding process. The singer also stressed that he is against any foreign occupation of Iraq and feels that only Iraqis have the right to rule. –Albawaba.com
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