(Saleh and Daud Ezra)
1908 – 1986, 1910 – 1976
In the 1930s and 40s, the Al-Kuwaiti brothers, Saleh and Daoud, were some of the biggest stars of the Arab world. With Saleh on the violin and Daoud on the oud (that's the pear-shaped guitar-like instrument), their songs delighted citizens of various middle eastern nations. In fact, they changed their name to Al-Kuwaiti in honor of the Emir of Kuwait, one of their biggest fans.
It was in Iraq where the brothers made their biggest mark. A huge part of the Baghdad music scene, favorites of King Ghazi...
Starting in the 1950s, they stopped tasting success. After playing to millions, the brothers were marginalized. Even if their music was still heard, their name was taken off the recordings, their identity covered up.
Why? Well, in the early 50s, the brothers emigrated to Israel. Yep, the Al-Kuwaitis were Jewish...
August 1, 2016