The Guardian interviews Farida Mohammad Ali, "the mother of all maqam"
Farida Mohammed Ali's mastery of the ancient maqam discipline - a lifetime’s pursuit - is truly extraordinary. In execution, this traditional singing technique requires full command of complex melodies, as well as a an understanding of the embedded philosophies within them. But most of all, it's common custom in Arabic cultures for maqam singers to be male.
The Guardian interviewed the Iraqi musician on the traditions and origins of maqam, about the Iraqi Maqam Foundation, and about living in Utrecht, but their hearts belonging to Iraq.
Read the full interview here. Farida & The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble is curated by Jerusalem In My Heart for Le Guess Who? 2017, together with a.o. Abdel Karim Shaar, Alanis Obomsawin performing 'Bush Lady', Moor Mother, Linda Sharrock, Nadah El Shazly, Matana Roberts, and many more.