Kathem El Saher at the Oscars

Published February 21st, 2007 - 09:56 GMT

Prominent Iraqi singer Kathem El Saher will be heading off to the United States of America, where he has received an official invitation to attend the Oscars Awards 2007 ceremony in Los Angeles California. The singer has participated in the film “Mawtini Mawtini” (My Country My Country), which is nominated in the Best Documentary Film category.


Kathem’s music and voice was used in the film, which is based on the chaos that is taking place in Iraq. Director of the film Laura Bitras had stated that she felt it is an essential element to have Kathem’s music in the film, and she had nominated the singer after watching one of his performances on TV. Laura added that she was taken back by how much people loved the singer, and he is not only a son of Iraq, but a true Arab Superstar.


When she had met up with Kathem to talk to him about taking part in her film, he agreed immediately and had stated that he would be honored to present a song that calls for unity of the Iraqi people.


According to the London based Elaph, Kathem has recently completed recording the songs for his upcoming album, and stated that he is very optimistic about the new release.


El Saher was recently the star of the popular show “Ma La Tarifoneh An” (What you don’t know about).  Previous episodes featured singers Nancy Ajram, Ragheb Alama and Saber Ribaee on the Arab satellite television channel MBC.


Footage of his everyday life captured the real Kathem. The singer appeared in a relaxed manner, different from the serious quality he usually projects.


The show, airs exclusively on MBC, and revolves around the life of an artist from the start of his or her career to the present. The episode of Kathem was aired on January 8, 2007.


The first portion of the program showed Kathem in his earlier years, including childhood photographs from his home in Iraq.


The cameras followed the singer to Los Angeles California and other cities to present behind the scenes footage of his recent tour around the USA.


The program also featured clips from a number of important performances Kathem held, like the one at the Royal Albert Hall in London and a special clip of a meeting with the late Lebanese poet Nizar Qabani. Interviews with family and friends captured intimate details of Kathem’s life.

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