50 years archive of Kirkuk artists turns to ashes

Adel Qadir, 66, in front of the record store on Atlas Street in the city of Kirkuk after the fire incident. Karwan Salihi

By Karwan Salihi in Kirkuk

A fire broke out in one of the oldest records of Kirkuk, which led to the loss of a 50-year archive of Kirkuk artists, in addition to the burning of dozens of musical instruments.

The fire occurred last night, August 24, in the recordings, located on Atlas Street in the center of Kirkuk city as a result of an electrical fault, and when the firefighting teams arrived, a large part of the place was burned.

Adel Qadir, the owner of the record store, told KirkukNow, "We have been working here since 1974, we worked for a while in the Qazanjieh Bazaar, many works of art by the ancient artists of Kirkuk were recorded here, especially the Kurdish and Turkmen artists.”

Video of Adel Records following the fire. KirkukNow

“We have a distinguished archive yet unfortunately the 50-year archive that was recorded here for the artists of Kirkuk was lost and burned."

Adel indicated that more than 5,000 cassette tapes, diska and CDs were burned in the accident.

Among the artistic productions mentioned by Qader, a special singing session by the Kurdish Singer Hussein Ali was recorded in 1984 in the Bulaq neighborhood (Balakh), he called it a "private party", and said, "That concert was not published yet, and unfortunately the fire burnt it."

Adel has recorded artworks by famous Kurdish and Turkmen singers such as, Habba, the popular Tukrmen singer, Shehab Al-Qassab, Aiden Jamchi, Salah Daouda, Hussein Ali and dozens of other artists.

"It was not only a recording store, but also a shop that repaired mixers, amplifiers, and other musical devices," Adel said sighing.

The northern, oil-rich province of Kirkuk, home to 1.7 million Arabs, Kurds and Turkmens and the center of the disputed territories between Baghdad and Erbil.

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