Sunday, July 13, 2014
Kanoon player Abraham Salman dies
Abraham Salman, one of Israel's greatest Kanoon players has died, aged 83.
Ynet News reports:
Salman immigrated to Israel from Iraq in the Fifties and played in the Israel Radio Arabic orchestra until the late Eighties. He would show up wearing dark glasses because of his blindness.
Among other things, Salman produced an album of his old recordings from the sixties. He also worked with Danny Sanderson.
"I was privileged to grow up with such a father," Gili, his son, eulogized him."I grew up with the band Kaveret. They used to rehearse at our Galilee home with my father.Thanks to him I led a special life. "
Salman is survived by a wife, three children and six grandchildren.
Point of No Return adds: Salman was a product of the School for the Blind in Baghdad. The school trained the Jewish blind as musicians so that they would not have to beg on the streets. Jews dominated music in the early part of the 20th century and all but three of the 250 members of Baghdad Radio Orchestra in the 1930s were Jews, many of them blind.
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