Salah El Kuweiti

Jewish-Iraqi composer and violinist
1910-1986

Iraqi composer and violinist, Salah El Kuweiti was born in Kuwait, and taken to Iraq when he was 17. He played violin, sang, composed, and achieved great musical fame in Iraq together with his brother, Daoud, who played the 'ud. 

The brothers immigrated to Israel in 1951. After their emigration from Iraq, their names were intentionally forgotten, and their songs were titled "folksongs" or ascribed to other musicians. In Israel, they continued their musical activity by performing on a weekly radio show where they played and sang, and also through performances with the Arabic Orchestra of Kol Yisrael (Israeli Broadcasting Authority).

Despite their radio show, the brothers both felt that they were cornered into a cultural ghetto, due to the lack of appreciation of Arabic music in Israeli society, and due to the huge gap between their fame in Iraq and their lack of recognition in Israel.

As part of a growing interest in Arab and Jewish-Arab music in Israel, an album of Daoud and Salah El-Kuweiti's music was released in Israel in 2006, and Daoud's grandson, Israeli musician and guitarist Dudu Tassa recorded an album where he performs his own arrangements of the music of his grandfather and great-uncle (2011).

Soruces:

Schweitzer, Erez. "'Aliyatam Ve-Nefilatam." Ha'aretz. Click Here (Hebrew)

Encyclopedia Judaica

.חסון, עמיחי. מזרח תיכון חדש: "דודו טסה והכוויתים". קפה גיברלטר. 

.קומם, הילה. יא נבעת אל ריחן (פריחת הריחן) - האחים סאלח ודאוד אל-כוויתי. אימגו. 

Salah El Kuweiti performance

Salah El Kuweiti with his brother Daoud, performing the song "Tadini."

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