Sahir opens Kuwait door for Iraqis

Audiotapes by Iraqi superstar singer Kazim al-Sahir have at last reached Kuwait after the government began lifting its cultural boycott and allowed them to go on sale.

    Kazim al-Sahir's music now on sale after Kuwait lifts ban

    Kuwaiti Information Minister Muhammad Abu al-Hasan on Monday said his ministry had approved a request by the Rotana Art Production company to sell the tapes in the emirate, the daily al-Rai al-Am reported.

    Rotana is owned by a number of Saudi investors headed by tycoon

    Prince al-Walid bin Talal.

    All Iraqi cultural production was banned by Kuwait, following the

    emirate's invasion and occupation in 1990 by troops of former

    president Saddam Hussein who was ousted in April by a US-led

    invasion force.

    Criticised

    Al-Sahir is very popular in Kuwait as in other Arab countries,

    but was criticised for his perceived support of Saddam Hussein 

    in spite of the fact he had never sung in praise of the former Iraqi leader.

    Abu al-Hasan, however, said no one has yet approached the ministry

    for approval to invite al-Sahir to perform in the emirate.

    Kuwaitis breathed a sigh of relief at the overthrow of Saddam

    and many are eager to see ties normalised with the new Iraq, but

    some, including a number of MPs, urge caution in dealing with

    Baghdad.

    SOURCE: AFP


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