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Kadim Al Sahir

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Kathem Al Saher (Arabic: كاظم الساهر) or Kadim Al Sahir or Kazem Al Saher, (born September 12, 1957), an Iraqi singer. He was born in Samarra to a mother from Najaf and a father from Baghdad.

Kathem has established himself as one of the most successful singers in the Arab World, having sold more than 30 million albums since the start of his career. Ranging from big romantic ballads to more political work, from pop to Arab classical, he has covered the spectrum of music with the kind of success not seen since the heyday of Umm Kalthum. He is the son of a palace worker and has nine siblings.

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Kathem Al Saher is an Iraqi singer. He was born in Nainawa/Mosul, 1961, to a mother from Najaf and a father from Baghdad. He grew up and spent a large part of his life in Alhurrya city in Baghdad.


Early life
His interest in music grew as he listened to songs via the radio that offered him the chance to become familiar with the works of composers such as Mohammed Abdel Wahab by hearing them. When he was ten, , he began writing songs. He switched to the oud, a much more common instrument, and was accepted into the Baghdad Music Academy at the age of twenty-one. Although keen to break through in the music business with his songs and voice, he found himself rebuffed by all the producers he approached, who would only let him sing their own material. Instead, he used the back door to gain entry to the industry.


Professional career
1980–1985: Rise to fame

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