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Friday, 24 July 2015 14:38

A Cello in Baghdad

Written by  Al Jazeera, compiled by Team SCPA


Posted July 24, 2015
Peace + Hope, cont'd.
A cello on a war-torn Baghdad street, between the violence of bombs and bullets, maybe restores a little bit of hope for humanity.
-- SCPA Editor

Interview: Why I played the cello at a Baghdad bombsite

When a bomb exploded in a neighbourhood he knew well, Karim Wasfi went there and performed. He tells us why.

Al Jazeera, by Barry Malone, May 28, 2015

Bombs are, sadly, not unusual in Baghdad. But when a car packed with explosives detonated in the busy Mansour district this week, killing at least 10 people and injuring 27, something very unusual happened.

Karim Wasfi, the renowned conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, turned up as soldiers and police secured the area.

He took out his cello, sat down on a chair, and started to play. Images and video clips of the man some simply call "maestro" quickly went viral, not only on Iraqi social media, but further afield.

Wasfi spoke to Al Jazeera about his decision to play the instrument, about why music and culture are as important as food and water, and about why the Middle East should be living in peace.

Al Jazeera: Why did you go to the site of a car bomb to play your cello? ...

Compiled by Team SCPA


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