Arab Idol Fans Applaud Con­tes­tant Singing Kur­dish For The First Time

View­ers of an Arab tal­ent show were mes­mer­ized after hear­ing a par­tic­i­pant from Iraq’s semi-​autonomous region of Kur­dis­tan singing in Kur­dish and for the first time in the show’s history.

Despite not under­stand­ing Par­waz Hussen when she sung in Kur­dish, the Arab Idol’s audi­ence was enthralled and applauded her per­for­mance on Friday.


Hussien impressed the show’s Arab view­ers when she sung an iconic Syr­ian star Sabah Fakhry’s “Qadoak al-​Mayas,” or “Your soft cheeks,” song, which is a hard­core col­lo­quial Ara­bic, but in Kurdish.

Her debut in the Arab tal­ent show gal­va­nized atten­tion, when she first audi­tioned. She sang a song for Egypt­ian diva Umm Kolthoum’s song “Enta Omri,” or “You are my life,” in Arabic.

While Hussien is not flu­ent in Ara­bic, her spo­ken Ara­bic is accent-​free.

The con­tes­tant tediously writes the songs in Ara­bic, tries to under­stand the full mean­ing and com­pletely mem­o­rize them.

When first attempted to sing and impress the judges dur­ing the try­out stage, she was accom­pa­nied by her friend Farhank Jamil, who acted as a Kurdish-​Arabic trans­la­tor dur­ing her con­ver­sa­tion with the show’s judges. Cap­ti­vated by her voice, the four pan­elists passed her to the next stage.

Ragheb Alama, a famed Lebanese singer and one of the show’s judges, praised Hussein’s singing on Fri­day and encour­aged her to sing in Kurdish.

Alama said Hussein’s singing in Kur­dish, links Kurdistan’s art with the Arab world.

Also, the Lebanese star and judge at Arab Idol, Nancy Ajram, also impressed by Hussien, asked the Kur­dish par­tic­i­pant to teach her how to sing in the Kur­dish language.

“You made me try to under­stand what you were singing…I wish you can teach me sing a Kur­dish song. I would love to sing with you,” Ajram said dur­ing the show on Friday.

Kur­dis­tan in Iraq is home for around five mil­lion peo­ple. Polit­i­cal dis­putes inside Iraq and the region stood against form­ing an inde­pen­dent Kur­dish state and have marred Arab-​Kurdish relations.

Iraq hav­ing the first Kur­dish pres­i­dent in the Arab world didn’t stop Kurds from want­ing more inde­pen­dence from Baghdad.

Source: Alara­biya

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