“The Celestial Gates Open for Ruel’s Tamboura”

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“asmar najib, asmar khletee, asmar ya rab, qamot monsheetee, qamot dordeetee. . . khobbakh khilya, b’libbe dirya, o al edatee mi6ya, libbee dooleh khidya, asmar asmar. . . ya6atin khletee, tleeqen b jonjara, khneeqewin b donyeh, talakh wodlee chara, asmar asmar. . . di ptokhleh pomakh najib, jowab shaqleena, ya6atin mokhebtee, qatakh bit haweena
asmar asmar. . . go donyeh khdirree, makh deyakh la khzelee, najib brata belee, al enyattee m6elee, beyakh khdelee, asmar asmar”

It is with heartfelt regret that the Assyrian nation shares in the loss of another music legend. . . “Albert Ruel Tamras” ~ lyricist, musician and singer, who died today in his Phoenix, Arizona (U.S.A.) home.

Celestial, haunting and magical are words often used to describe the simple, yet powerful sounds of the tamboura, an ancient stringed instrument for which the late singer was famous.

Among his internationally celebrated releases are songs “Asmar Asmar,” “Ghazala,” and “Hal Qedamta.” It is known that, to date, he has one album, “Miryewen Rikhka,” recorded and released in Baghdad, Iraq in 1975.

~ Helen Talia, MBA, CPA
www.helentalia.com

Sources: Music Pearls of Beth-Nahrin and Assyrianlyrics.com