It has been confirmed, for some time now, that the overnight Assyrian music sensation, â€œBubkey,â€ will be performing in
The once â€œyoutubeâ€ performing artist that many of us watched assembled in a room with his guitar, replicating Ashur Bet-Sargis and Evin Aghassi released his first album, â€œQeetary,â€ an 8-track compilation of Assyrian songs, all written by Albert Orahim, Â earning him title and respect across the international Assyrian community.Â
But letâ€™s retrieve some artifacts on this lad who was born in the ancient Assyrian capital of
Just how did this young man come to such authenticity and talent, despite being raised in the Diaspora?Â The fact is his father, Elia Issac, an oudist, has had a tremendous influence on Bubkey and his brothers.Â By the age of eight, Bubkey was already enrolled in an Assyrian school, where he had mastered his mother tongue and fallen in love with the Assyrian music.Â Â Personally, however, he will admit that he owes falling for his first love, his nation, to the pictures of the Assyrian Kings Ashurbanipal and Sargon II that were displayed around his house.
With introductions already in place, Bubkey has met with several Assyrian superstars during his first U.S. tour, (it looks like Canada will be borrowing him from us!) from Ashur Bet-Sargis, Evin Aghassi, Ogin Bet-Samo, Lida Lawando, Amanouel Bet-Younan (Bubkeyâ€™s idol), Albert Mansour, Ramsen Sheeno, Adonee Odisho, Samir Bahi, and Mukhlis Yousif, all of which resolve to one common denominator, that Bubkey is a sure thing.Â Look for melodies from Alan George and Salim Sefo in Bubkeyâ€™s next album.Â
In a correspondence with Assyrian legend Ashur Bet-Sargis, this is what he said to me ~ â€œBubkey is a true artist, musician, and singer with a natural voice that has captured the hearts of lots of fans, and thus he has a very bright future ahead of him.Â He is a very humble, down-to-earth person with a great personality, and this is what audience respond to.Â I had the pleasure of meeting him, needless to say, and I will be very pleased to have him sing my composition sometime in the near future.â€
Most recently, Bubkey was rated 54% most popular new singer on the website myoomta.com, and the most viewed album for three consecutive months on Qeenatha.com., a good indicator that the release of â€œQeetaryâ€ was a success.Â
â€œBut despite his recent rise to fame and good looks, Bubkey remains simple,â€ says Orahim Lazar, an Assyrian lyricist who has grown very fond of the young man.Â I asked Orahim what was the key to the Bubkey formula, and this is what he told me ~ â€œBubkeyâ€™s beauty starts on the inside, he is a beautiful soul.â€
Fans everywhere are well aware of this, and that among the many things in Bubkeyâ€™s life, he remains passionate about his guitar, laptop and chai.
Lyrics: Albert Orahim
Arrangements and Recordings: Evan Yako at Real Rhythm StudiosGenre: FolkloreÂ
~ Helen Talia, Chicago