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Habib Mousa

Habib Mousa

Habib Mousa


Habib Mousa was born in the northeast Syrian city of Malikye (Derik) with origin from Azekh. He was raised in the city of Qamishli where he began his musical career. Already at a young age the unusual voice of Habib Mousa was recognized. In the church choir he was appointed by Yusef Shamun at the age of 10 years to be the lead singer of the choir. At that time he attended school with his friends like Jan Karat and the later bishop of Aleppo (Hanna Ibrahim). Read more on Last.fm
Habib Mousa was born in the northeast Syrian city of Malikye (Derik) with origin from Azekh. He was raised in the city of Qamishli where he began his musical career. Already at a young age the unusual voice of Habib Mousa was recognized. In the church choir he was appointed by Yusef Shamun at the age of 10 years to be the lead singer of the choir.

At that time he attended school with his friends like Jan Karat and the later bishop of Aleppo (Hanna Ibrahim). In the years around 1967 some activists of the Assyrian Democratic Organization tried to introduce the folklore song in the western tongue. Habib Mousa was noticeable also to this circle of acquaintances and they chose him to be the first singer to sing a folklore song in the spoken west Syriac tongue. With the song "Shamo Mar" Habib Mousa won the hearts of the listeners. In the autumn of 1968 after releasing "Shamo Mar" and further five songs with his voice, the songs were spread in reel tape.

Habib performed also the songs at weddings where people could hear them for the first time. Briefly after, Habib Mousa left Syria in 1969 to Lebanon, where he met Nuri Iskandar and released with him 1971-1972 five vinyl singles. These songs like "O Habibo", "Kekwo d-Safro" and "Shlome Shlome" became classics. In 1973 Habib was interviewed in the Alwan Program by Riyad Sharara in Lebanese Television, and performed "O Habibo". This was the first performance ever with a west Assyrian artist on television. In these years in Lebanon Habib Mousa was active in performing at clubs. After the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war Habib Mousa moved to Sweden in 1977, where he recorder and released an album in 1978 of old Assyrian Songs of the well-known singers Oshana Youel Mirza and Albert Ruel Tamras a year later. The next high point in the career of Habib Mousa is represented in his album of the year 1986, which was the first Assyrian album ever to be produced in Istanbul.

In this work the strength of Habib Mousa in the field of composition shows up. Immediately after this album, Habib Mousa was requested across the whole world. So he visited the USA and many European countries for concerts. Besides of his official albums he also participated in numerous concerts with other artists and choirs. Habib Mousa has also been active in supporting other singers.

He composed till 2007 around 30 songs for other famous singers. A personal and emotional high point was for him the return after 35 years to his hometown Qamishli in the year 2004, where he was received by his fans. Since 2000 he have been accompanied by the oud player Josef Cacan on parties and cultural events. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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