On Sunday February 23rd the BJC had a showing of the
documentary film called "Chalghi Baghdad" which was made possible by Linda
Menuhin who was visiting from Israel. The story is a sad one. It is the
story of displaced Chalgi musicians and their struggle to make a life, as well as
maintaining their music, after their immigration from Iraq to Israel.
Linda has the vision of bringing the 10 or so Chalgi
musicians to New York for a one day concert in May or June. To her it is
very much like the story of the Cuban band, the Buena Vista Social Club. This
will be the first time that these musicians will be
playing together outside of Israel and it could probably be the last.
After hearing this, there was much interest and
enthusiasm by our members and on that Sunday, at the BJC, and a number of days
after that approximately $10,000 was collected from some
of our generous BJC members and from Sisterhood from the proceeds
of that day. It goes to show how Iraqi communities worldwide maintain the
musical tradition among others such as food, ceremonies etc. The total
to be collected in order to pay for the flights, hotel stay, etc. is approx.
As you can see, further pledges are
needed so anyone who is willing to pledge any amount will help the cause. Pledges
should be sent to BJC to the Attn: Sisterhood "Iraqi musicians".
To view pictures that were taken at the
screening of the movie at the BJC, link to the BJC website at:
and click on "Photos" and click on "Chalgi Baghdad" (pictures made
available by Anis Shashou).