Iraqi Bedouin

Steve and Liz


While I’ve been talking about the Indian Bedouins and their single stringed Ranatar instrument, I decided to get the jump on 2005 and post this video of an Iraqi Bedouin as he plays his single string instrument.  This guitar seems to have been made from an old gas can.  The video was shot in May 2005 by one of my soldiers (yeah, even I was in the Army once) SPC Chaffino.  Chaffi was (is) a good troop and I was glad that he captured this as I didn’t think to at the time.

Video was shot in south Iraq, between Safwan and Umm Qasr in the Basrah province.  I noticed similarities in the musical instruments and styles of the Bedouins who range from the northwest of Africa all the way to India.  I suppose that these guys were the 18 wheel truckers of the last millenium and their influence and culture mixed as the camel trade brought spices, silk, and salt back and forth across Asia, Europe, and North Africa.

Kris, hope you enjoy this jam!  LOL



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3 thoughts on “Iraqi Bedouin

  1. Yes Cousin… I do Enjoy this Jam, but he is nowhere as good as the mongoian dude.. Maybe you should show the video of the mongolian dude to some of these other minstrels in the hope that they might be insipred to actually make some Real Music….LOL….

    • Well cousin, you must look at the context of the musicians; the Iraqi and Indian Bedouins are married and are just singing about how hard life is. The Mongolian minstrel is a young single man who’s trying to swoon the pretty Kazakh girls… it’s all in the motivation – LOL

      • That makes perfect sense.. Hey, you should try and get your hands on one of those Gas Can Instrumets to add to your collection..

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