Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq reissue

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Sublime frequencies reissued its 2006 CD compilation of iraqi folk and pop sounds as an LP, collected from tapes mostly in the “choubi choubi” style, played with a hand drum called kishba.

Sublime Frequencies:

Meticulously selected from Iraqi cassettes and LPs found in Syria, Europe and the Iraqi neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan, this unique collection of folk and pop styles displays a wealth of outstanding music that is exclusive to Iraq and has rarely been showcased abroad. There are many reasons why Iraqi music stands alone in the dynamic world of Arabic music: one example is the unbelievable rapid fire machine-gun rhythms fluttering atop the main tempo.

I like the more slomo tracks e.g. by Sadun Jabir, the strange disco track by Souad Abdullah or by an unknown female artist:


But for me, the real treasure of this double LP is the bonus 7″ with three essential songs of Jaa´far Hassan, an iraqi folk singer, who released a single, hard to get LP released in East Germany in 1970, called “let´s sing together” – but little is know about his later life. (some informtion I found here in this great blog with 2 Tracks by Hassan, featured as well)


Additionally there are three cuts from Ja’afar Hassan’s 1970s record, “Let’s Sing Together”. Being a folk-rock record, it’s a true anomaly for Iraq. Hassan was a mouthpiece for the Iraqi Socialist movement just a few years before Saddam Hussein. But most of the music in this collection was produced during the Saddam period– between the 1980s and 2002. Since the 2003 invasion and the wholesale disassembly of the country, classic tracks like these may already be part of a disappeared past. 2LP + bonus 7″ edition of the original CD release from 2006.


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