If you had to give credit to one music force that helped bring the Iraqi song into a much bigger audience outside the country, then you owe money to Waleed Al Sahmi. Started as a music composer only to end up being one of the hottest and busiest singers for Iraqi song.
I am not suggesting that Waleed Al Shami only makes pop gems--a lot of what he makes is just notice and beats that a collection of cars stuck in traffic can make. But he went to Dubai and sat one stop shop for anyone who wants to do Iraqi songs. In the process he made a lot of money and a lot of friends. This is about to change though.
So now, he has a lot more time to focus on making real music that will build his legacy. Now you will see he is putting on his Kadem Al Saher suit and trying to be a refined voice. To be frank, I am madly in love with his new single, "Mabrouk Lel Hozn" Congratulation to the sadness...a song about how sadness has won the battle and now we all surrender. This is a classy song that cost a lot of money to make and the music video had to burn much cash, but to be true, this was worth it.
A beautiful song from a versatile artist who has only shown us the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his talent. This is Waleed Al Shami like we have never heard hi before. He came back with a sad song that is also uplifting. His haircut looks like a million dollar and so does his choice of wardrobe. Not only does he dazzle us here with his voice, but his signature if on the music.
This new song will break many records for Rotana and it will breath some life into the company and shatter their image of making the same music over and over again.