Artist Profiles: Farida Ali

Farida Ali

Born in 1963 in Kerbala, Iraq, Farida Ali is a leading Iraqi concert artist who tours regularly with the Iraqi Maqam Ensemble. Farida studied with Munir Bashir, Hussein Al-Athami and Mohammad Gomar. She graduated from the Institute of Music in Baghdad, mastered nineteen maqams and became the first woman to teach classical Arabic music, maqam, in Iraq.

She has performed at festivals throughout the Arab world, Europe and the United States. Farida has established a reputation throughout the Arab world and Europe for her brilliant performances of the classical Iraqi maqam, highly improvisational music that is traditionally sung by men.

Discography with the Iraqi Maqam Ensemble

Classical Music of Iraq (Music and Words, 1998)
Iraqi Mawal & maqam (Samarkand, 2000)
Departure (Soly Luna, 2001)
Tradition (Munir Bashir Foundation, 2002)
Voice of Mesopotamia (Long Distance, 2003)
Baghdad Eternity (Poems & Maqamat) (Iraqi Maqam Foundation, 2004)
Ishraqaat (Snail Records, 2005)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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