Legendary Iraqi singer Kadim Al Sahir has announced that all of his upcoming concerts are to be cancelled in solidarity with Palestinian in Gaza who are experiencing a genocidal war against by the Israeli occupation army, which has claimed the lives of over 8,000 civilians and left more than 20,000 people injured.
In a post shared to his 4.4 million followers on Instagram, the “Caesar of Arabic Music” mentioned that his scheduled shows in Qatar and Oman in November would be called off, stating: “Due to the tragic circumstances in Gaza, we are unfortunately forced to postpone the Qatar and Oman concerts indefinitely.”
Noting that all ticket purchases would be refunded, he added: “In these circumstances, we can only pray to God Almighty to alleviate the suffering of our loved ones in Palestine and provide them with patience and steadfastness.”
In a post last week, the singer uploaded an image of a mother holding her child after their house had been bombed, with the words: “The tears have dried, but the blood of the innocents in Gaza has not dried.”
“O Lord, be kind to our people in Gaza and include them all with your vast mercy,” he commented on the photo.
A previous track of his from the year 2000, entitled “Ya Quds” (Oh Jerusalem) begins with the lyrics:
Oh Jerusalem city of the heavens
I see you clothed in blood
Darkness surrounds you, my beloved
And you were a fountainhead of light
The wrong sunk its fangs into you
And the truth seeks refuge in the freedom fighter
Earlier this month, it was reported that Al Sahir will be releasing a new comeback album in November, consisting 12 songs, including four by the late poet Karim Al Iraqi. His last album Ketab Al Hob was released in 2016.