Kathem Al Saher vows to dedicate his life and music to Iraq

Published May 14th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Iraqi singer Kathem 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.  

 

According to the Iraqi based daily, Al Zamman, 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.  

 

Kathem expressed his joy at returning to the streets where he grew up bringing back all the good memories of the past. He added that he never received any invitation from any opposition party leaders to come to Iraq, stressing that he does not need an invitation to come home. 

 

Kathem had recently announced that he refuses to accept any offers to hold any performances. Kathem stressed that he will not hold any private or public concerts for the time being and until the situation in Iraq is stable and secure once more.  

 

The singer feels it would be very inappropriate for him to hold any form of entertainment while his country is experiencing such turmoil. Kathem added that maybe later on he will rethink his decision but for now the situation is that he will not appear on stage for quite some time.  

 

Al Saher denied receiving any offers to sing songs by Iraqi opposition party leaders, and that he harshly replied to their requests. The singer stressed that these rumors are all lies and his country, Iraq, is no need of such rumors at the time.  

 

Rumors had it that the Iraqi singer had fiercely refused requests by supporters of US invasion of Iraq to sing songs that express a positive outcome from the collapse of Sadam’s regime. He also denied sending a letter to the Jordanian daily newspaper Al Dastour, revealing that he wants everyone to know that he is not easily bought or sold, and all attempts by Iraqi opposition parties asking him to sing for the American invaders can only be answered in one way, which is by throwing an old shoe in their faces.  

 

Kathem made it clear that he never belonged to the Iraqi opposition party and had fled to the US. After being away from the spotlight for some time, the singer had taken part in a March that called for support and solidarity towards his home country Iraq to prove to the world that he stands by his people and to put an end to all the lies that have sprouted about his position towards the war.  

 

Kathem stressed that he is a part of Iraq and Iraq is his land, for he is in debt to it for his fame and popularity. He added that he had traveled to the US and held concerts that mostly included national songs about Iraq describing his loyalty to it. One of the songs which he had sung in the US was "Baghdad la Tata'alami" (Baghdad Don't Suffer). In the song, Kathem wanted to show the American public the real image of the Iraqi people which is opposite of what they have learned from false propaganda that shows the Iraqi people as sheep herders with weapons in their hands. Kathem added that this is also the image the West has of all Arabs.  

 

Kathem had also began recording a new song "Atfal Al Iraq Al Hazina Bi Ai Thanb Yuktaloon" (Children of the heartbreaking Iraq, for what fault are they being killed) in Cairo written by Egyptian poet Farouq Juwaideh. Kathem expressed that ever since war broke out in Iraq, he was eagerly searching for a way to express his devotion and solidarity with his people.  

 

A new duet "We Want Peace" has also been released over the Internet for the Iraqi singer and African American singer Lenny Kravitz, adding to the large collection of new singles sung by singers worldwide calling for world peace and security. Kravitz launched the song, which was recorded in Maiami Florida, during Kathem's tour of the United States, on the American national association website "Rock the Vote" that encourages involvement of the young generation in politics. –Albawaba.com  

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