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"Queen of Sheba" from Trian to Basra and Other Stories
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"Kashaniya" from Train to Basra and Other Stories
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Album Review

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15 Minutes Magazine, Album Review >>

TRAIN TO BASRA AND OTHER STORIES "Hearing Iraqis sing their songs," says Dena El Saffar, "it’s like the blues—there is a lot of heartbreak." Dena was born in Chicago where her father passed down stories of his homeland. Dena became enthralled with Iraqi music. After earning a degree in classical music at Indiana University, she founded Salaam, a Middle Eastern ensemble. This album celebrates her band’s 20th anniversary. The track Iraqi-American Blues is energetic and lively. Joza Tears features Dean with joza, the Iraqi spiked fiddle.  02/18/14 >> go there
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