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Iraqi Tune's Return After 3000 Years

Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) , January 14, 2006


A song last aired 3000 years ago is due to be performed when an Iraqi storytelling group makes its Scottish debut at an Edinburgh church.

This event is part of the 2006 Middle East Festival which is due to take place in Edinburgh and Glasgow between February 9 and March 5.

The culture of Mesopotamia, now Iraq, dates back centuries before Christianity and the stories are thought to be the world's oldest literature.

Hundreds of stories were written on clay tablets by Mesopotamian civilisations but most lay unread and unheard for thousands of years until the group Zipang Mesopotamian Storytelling brought them to life with oral retellings of the kind that Mesopotamian audiences would have enjoyed.

The long-forgotten song will be accompanied by a Kurdish harpist who will bring together Celtic and Mesopotamian traditions. Harps were played in the Middle Eastern country 5000 years ago and the playing of harps is a tradition in Kurdish music.

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals

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