Banned In Baghdad: Singer Hossam Al Rassam

“You infidel and devil-follower, … you deserve to die for pushing Muslims to corruption and adultery.”

So said a letter to Ammar (first names only, please) who once ran a music store in eastern Baghdad. In September followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr (that guy again!) came to his shop and told him to shut it down. Then three guys in black came and sprayed the shop with gunfire, destroying it and wounding Ammar.

Now Ammar works at the Aldar Albaidaa chain of music stores in Kurdish Suleimaniyeh. Aldar Albaidaa opened a branch in Suleimaniyah because it was no longer safe to sell music in central and southern Iraq. Shiite and Sunni Muslim religious extremists have forced stores selling CDs and DVDs to shut down, sometimes killing employees. Friends in Baghdad are afraid to listen to music in public for fear of the Islamists.

hussam-alrassem75.jpgAmong the best-selling CD’s–Iraqi singer and oud player Hossam Al Rassam, who now lives in Syria, who sings in one album, “What a pity, it [Baghdad] was the jewel of the Arabs, but it was sold away in an auction.” The best-selling song titles–songs about Iraqis who had fled from violence, like “So we don’t forget Iraq” and “The pains of our people.”

Fortunately, especially if you happen to live in Baghdad, you can download (link not active) his songs in MP3 format. And here is a link (link not active) to the lyrics (in Arabic) of his Iraq Story (Mawal) on YouTube.

I’m not sure if this is the “maqam” traditonal style he is known for, the “tarabi” style deplored by some Arabic speaking bloggers or the “6a6awww music” they seem to like. I have to say the vocals are much too morose and over the top in the emoting department for my taste, although the background music is interesting in an Eastern mystical way (although I do like overdone Arab love songs in general like, say, Ehab). Perhaps his popular “My mother I have been bitten by a scorpion” love song would be more my cup of tea.

UPDATE: The above links are no longer active.  Hossam Al Rassam’s own website is down too.  A pity.  I would like to hear a sample of the types of his music.  He has a soccer tune out too that was very popular. The best I can recommend now is to google his name and look for something on YouTube.

Another update:

Here is the scorpion song “Agaraba” العگربة on YouTube.

Here is the football song “Jeeb al cas” – جيب الكاس – bring the (trophy) cup

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121 Responses to “Banned In Baghdad: Singer Hossam Al Rassam”

  1. melisa Says:

    i love u hussam alrassam love u so much u r the best singer.i love all ur songs i love ur face i love ur butty face.i love ur sexy body mwahhhhhhhhh love ya u r the best.

  2. diana Says:

    hussam al rassam is the best love ya love ya mwahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh all my love to u.frome diana

  3. عسل معسل Says:

    دووووم يا حسام الأفضل

  4. Anonymous Says:

    walla mako a7la min hussam al rassam , walla i love you

  5. sarah Says:

    i love your new song asood al rafidain il yom bil malab………………… thank you very much for this song it made every body 1 christians,sona.shiaa,kurd,sabia…
    i am one of your fance

  6. sarah Says:

    i love your songs thankyou very much for asood al rafidain it made every one 1

  7. diana Says:

    i love u so much and when any one speak about u or at u i just fight with that person i love u so much u r the best singer.

  8. diana Says:

    the best singer in the world i love u so much and i wish u come to australia again walla walla walla i will not let u go any where if u com 2 australia again. u r my heart and u r my life and u r my world{{hosam al rassam}}

  9. dalia Says:

    hiiiiiiiiii hosam ani antazrak teji lil sewd ahebek kolesh 2ehwaia 2nshala ashufak

  10. Anonymous Says:

    nana mi

  11. iraqi_princess Says:

    i love hussam my babyy…back of gurls

  12. zeianb Says:

    halla wallla i love u so much i like u sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much tc habbeyxxxxxxxxxxxxx i am from iraq but i am in london if u waaa add me plz do on sweet_babe2007@hotmail.co.uk

  13. KHaliiiid Says:

    HALLOO !! Hossam inta walla nageeeem … intaa ibn el iraaq shokran ala el songs about iraqq o el fariiq :D

    IRAQQQ 4 EVEEER

  14. wurood Says:

    hussam inta iraqie asly u r the best go go hussam

  15. wurood Says:

    btw does hussam see these msgs

  16. Nijma Says:

    Does Hussam see these messages?

    It’s very possible. A lot of people google themselves.

    Someone in Syria looked at this page today at 12:37 P.M. Chicago time, which would be, let’s see, eight hours difference…8:37 P.M. in Syria!!

  17. Suheil Shaya Says:

    I didn’t like the song that said IRAQ SHIAA AND SUNAA what about the Iraqi Christian they are not Iraqi
    For you Hussam Alrassam I thought you sing for all Iraqis because all Iraqi suffered in this war so please
    Change this song if you not resist. do not forget that the Christian are the native of Iraq (the kalddans and
    Assyrian). Suheil Shaya real Iraqi from Canada.

  18. diana Says:

    walla inta ya hosam ahla mogany fel alam.i luv u so much hosam alrassam.im proud 2 be iraqi and i will neva say im not iraqy untill i die i will say im iraqi and iraqi and iraqi.god bless iraq and kill amaricans and move them frome iraq.luv iraq and hosam al rassam 4 evaaaa

  19. Nijma Says:

    “god bless iraq and kill amaricans”, Diana?

    What religion teaches you to pray to kill innocent people based on their nationality? Would this be the Religion of Peace?

  20. كرستينا Says:

    هلو حسام شلونك اني معجبة من سويد اريد ايميلك

  21. زبيور Says:

    هاي حسام اني معجبة بيك هواية يمتى تجي للسويد

  22. زوزو Says:

    هاي حسام ياريد اتنزل صور جديدة و حلوة اوكي و جنت طالع تغبل بل قناة الشرقية

  23. فراشة العراق Says:

    هلو شلونك حسام اني من سويد اغانيك كلش حلوة خاصتة مال افكر بيك باااااااااااي

  24. عيون زرق Says:

    هلو شلونك طلع اغنية عن عيون زرق اني من سويد

  25. Sara Says:

    hi Hossam i swear god u r the best singer n I’m leting u know this from all the Iraqis in Australia.Inta najm.

  26. husain Says:

    hussam i like you. Your the best singer in the wold

  27. mustefa Says:

    هاي حسام ياريد اتنزل صور جديدة و حلوة

  28. swren Says:

    hi hussam al rassam iam swren in sulaimany i so miss u i love u

  29. muna Says:

    hi hussam i love u with the bottom of my heart u are the best singer in the world u are an honor to all iraqis u show the world that iraqis are the best…. i love u so much and i hope u would continue to do ur best

  30. mustafa Says:

    hi hussam u da best

  31. Nour Says:

    Salamz hussam!
    hilwaaa mnnek ya hussam! wallah inta najm el3eraq kulleh. You have the most gorgeous voice ever wallah.
    Al3eraqiyeh 4everrrrrrr.
    All the best.
    Nourrrrrrrrr_EL3y0un.

  32. Anonymous Says:

    hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiihosam Iam from Australia I love you

  33. Anonymous Says:

    I like the last song for you
    And my nam is Peone, Can you sand any masseg for me .

  34. (N) brens Says:

    هلة ياسد ياابن اسد يا ابو الغيرة يا رافع كل راس العراقين واحدواحد هلة يا ابن النخوة ويا ابن الرافدين اني (N) brens lk hguvhr وحاب اتعرف بنية من كلبي العراق و رقمي 07504363715

  35. كاتارينا Says:

    هاي شلونك حسام

  36. ali Says:

    هاي حسام اريدك تجي الزيونة وتسوي حفلة

  37. mariam Says:

    hi hussam i really want ur numba i love u heaps i live in australia melbourne

  38. HUSSAM Says:

    اني حسام من المانيه اموت عليك حسام الرسام او ياريت ازورنه

  39. HUSSAM Says:

    حبيبي حسام بس بيك شغله مو حلوه تجرح الواحد ابصوتك معا تحياتي الك اخوك حسام القراقي من المانيه اميونخ او هاذا اميلي عل ياهو لوكي ABO_ARAB82 باااااااااي

  40. khaled Says:

    hloo habebe hussam ashlonk ashwkt tje lsweed mo shl3t glbe

  41. عاشقة بغداد Says:

    هلوووووو شلونك حسام شخبارك عندي وطن ضليت بس اشتاق اليك والله يا حسام احلى شي بيك انو تغني من كل كلبك

  42. مجهول Says:

    بغداد لا تتالمي بغداد انتي في دمي

  43. نجمة العراق Says:

    حسام يمتى تزور سويد يلا

  44. samira Says:

    hej hussam i love you

  45. ruaa Says:

    السلام عليكم
    هنيالكم كلكم تحجون ومرتاحين تعالوا للعراق وشوفوا إللي دا يصير وخصوصا في بغداد/الكرخ بس على العموم أني أأيدكم أن حسام الرسام أحسن من هواية ناس على الأقل يذكر وطنة
    تحياتي

  46. مجهول ؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟ Says:

    خرة ليش ماتجاوب علينا شنو ماعندك وكت اني مراح احبك بعد زين باي

  47. مجهول Says:

    هااااااي حسام شلونك

  48. مجهول Says:

    hi shlonch enshal zenh

  49. مجهول Says:

    hi ane ahnana

  50. مجهول Says:

    shftene

  51. مجهول Says:

    shftene ha

  52. مجهول Says:

    swede .com

  53. hamza Says:

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمالسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

  54. مجهول Says:

    hiiiiii shlh ashlonkom

  55. HoSsaM aL DeeN Says:

    HaLLa eB She5 eL Mo6RebeN haL eb BeK HaLLa
    7oBi HoSsaM TeSLaM 3aLa SonGaTeK eL 7eLwa
    inShaLLah aLLah ef8ak eb jah omaT MohmmeD

  56. HoSsaM aL DeeN Says:

    HoSsaM 7oBi etha Momken ra8om TaLefonek
    WeYaK HoSsaM MeN GerMaNy
    My add hossam@9.cn

  57. 3anoona Says:

    i dnt get it how did hussam get banned ?????? some 1 plzzzzzzzz answer me

  58. 3anoona Says:

    wallah i luve u sooooooo mcuh and now ur here in america and i bought the ticket to see u in ur concert…. aaaaaaaah i cnt wait …. 3 more dayzzz…

  59. مريم الاشورية Says:

    هاي حسام اني مريم من العراق / عنكاوا ياريت تزورنا مرة ثانية

  60. مريم الاشورية Says:

    خل تبعدنا الايام وخل تشغلنة الهموم بس حسام الغالي يبقى غالي وبكل حلم مرسوم

  61. ban kate Says:

    love you ich liebdich sher ich wil dich sehen du bist der bist

  62. Dina Says:

    i love hossam alrassam i love his love songs their so romantic and most of all hes so hot

  63. HoSsaM eL DeeN Says:

    ban kate bist du mädchen oder junge können wir uns in kontak bleiben

  64. HoSsaM eL DeeN Says:

    HuSsaM Rassam Mentathrek eb essen mo ma teje la neglobha el essen galob hhhhhhhhhhh 3alehooooooM

  65. Anonymous Says:

    الووووو

  66. بنت العراق Says:

    الوووووو
    شلونكم

  67. بنت العراق Says:

    ليش محد يجاوب

  68. hussam z a baathist homo Says:

    i used lik dis guy so much, he had so much honor until he sold it 2 baathists…its phenomenal how i used 2 luv him, n how hes mun7at he sings 4 lma2bbur ABOU L7UFFAR sluddam !:@:@:@ its lik takin all de national songs n effort he did n blatantly shittin over it…

  69. Anonymous Says:

    هههههههههههههههههههه حسومي احبك اهوايا

  70. هلدا Says:

    I

  71. sara Says:

    hi hussam ur the bestt singer wallah i love u soo mcuh i wish u 2 cum 2 australia agian soo plzzz amoot 3leek allah ye5lek lel iraq o lel iraqien yarab

  72. chadir Says:

    hello
    king_iraq_2000@yahoo.com
    hala ism beyaty
    akol dikdar dintini rakmak
    habab plz rasliny ala malti el imael by

  73. chadir Says:

    husssam´i love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu`

  74. rasha Says:

    i luv u hussam

  75. Anonymous Says:

    هلووو حسومي شلونك اني اشبهك كلششش البنات الحكن وراية وللة همزين اشبهك وللة يومية احجي وية خمسة وللة اشبهك كلش اني

  76. Anonymous Says:

    الف الحمدللة اشبهك يا رب اني قيصر عايش بل السويد اني احبك كلش وللة kasar_222 حسومي وللة بحيث الغو اسمي سموني حسام وللة اذا شوفني وللة تكول هاي اني واكف ههههههههه اوكي باي

  77. Noena Says:

    Hii Hussamm.
    I’m one off the big bigbig fance from you i like you sooo muchh your voice is soo beitifall i like youuu… machallah 3lek ya hussam wallah inak fawakt ras aliraqien ihna moeftagarien biek allah ma jehrimna min sotak…
    .Noena min Iraq-Holland

  78. zena Says:

    hey hussam i like ur songs its so nice walla especailly iraqi songs about football thats more more beautiful im from australia i hope u will came again and we can see u here in this place and yeh i miss iraq 2 i hope i will go back 1 day inshallah. love u sooooooo muchhhhhh…….

  79. omran Says:

    helooo husam ashlonk ane ıragı

  80. omran Says:

    ı love u and ı love my ırag

  81. Hussam Says:

    Sallam ahbay inshllah kolkom ib 5er inshllah zenen shlona ramthan weyakom inshllah tamam
    hathe emaili Hossam@9.cn ya ahbay a7bek ya iraq

  82. علي عباس كاظم Says:

    هاي حسام شلونك اني احبك واحب كل اغانيك لان حلوات وبيهن معنى علي من العراق

  83. sadiq Says:

    ارحب بالجميع واتمنى لكم كل السعاده والهناء بكل لحظه نعيش فيها على هذه الحياه لانها نعم الحياه والحب والأمل

  84. sadiq Says:

    كل الحب والوفاء والهناء بالحياه لمن يعيش بها كل لحظة تأمل

  85. nana Says:

    hallaw hasomiiiiii

  86. nana Says:

    ared at3rf 3ala shb ani 3aesha bl swed bas kon ekon al shab man 3amar 18 ala 21

  87. nana Says:

    atmana ekon bl swed lan ma ako ahad hna e3ni thojaa

  88. nana Says:

    iraq o bass

  89. nana Says:

    wen al jaoabbbbbb

  90. bent al IRAQ Says:

    hossam ane ahebak hwaya enta hayaty enta omry enta rohyyyyy fedeeetak

  91. bent al IRAQ Says:

    hossam shlonak ane w ashabe kolna nhebak w nmooooooooot aleek booooooooooooooosah meny elak with my love

  92. bnt_aliraq Says:

    look hussam i know u know me,so as i told u i will come and put my finger into ur eye,answer me

  93. nono Says:

    dagomo be tmoton 3ala hossam

  94. nono Says:

    mako a7ad mat 3ala a7ad fkafi shthab kafiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  95. atheralhob Says:

    هلو ممكن نتعرف

  96. atheer Says:

    halo lofe ho are you

  97. mohamed Says:

    السلام عليكم شلونك اخ حسام نتمنى نشوفك في بلدك قريبا

  98. hozan Says:

    hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iam hozan from norway

  99. Irak-iLady Says:

    hussaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam
    you ur the best singer of the world
    i love your song


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