Kathem al-Saher - Egypt Today.
CAIRO – 20 October 2018: Kathem al-Saher is set to perform live in London on January 18, 2019, according to the details he announced on his official Instagram account.
Saher expressed his great enthusiasm to perform the song “Sbah el-Kheir” |(good morning) in London, stressing his determination and delight to go through such an experience.
Also, Saher expressed his happiness to work with Saudi musician Talal, hoping that the new song gains the admiration of Arab listeners.
Kathem Jabbar al-Samarai, AKA Kathem al-Saher, was born on September 12, 1957 in Mosul, Iraq. He is an Iraqi singer, composer and songwriter. He has been dubbed the "Caesar of Arabic Song", and "Iraq's Ambassador to the world".
Saher has established himself as one of the most successful singers in the history of the Arab world, since the start of his career. His songs ranged from big romantic ballads to pop and Arab classical music,and they sometimes take a political swing.
He performs with an orchestra of 20-30 musicians on Arabic instruments; oud, qanun, nay, and a full complement of strings (violin, cello, and bass).
While some of his work makes use of electronic musical sounds, he avoids the use of synthesizers to imitate acoustic instruments. His work frequently features Iraqi folk instruments, rhythms and melodies.
Before entering the Baghdad Academy of Music, Saher educated himself through listening to the radio. Doing that enriched the singer, offering him a firm grounding in the rich repertoire of mid-twentieth-century Arab vocal music.
He became deeply familiar with both classical Arab music, whose main representatives were Egyptian and Lebanese, and the Iraqi maqam repertoire; a local art form featuring vocal virtuosity and a vast repertoire. This solid grounding in traditional musical styles informs his work as both a singer and a composer.