Nazem al-Ghazali

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Nazem al-Ghazali
ناظم الغزالي
Nazem al-Ghazali, 1946-7.jpg
Nazem al-Ghazali in 1946/47
Background information
Native name
ناظم الغزالي
Born1921 (1921)
Baghdad, Iraq Iraq
OriginHaydar Khanah Quarter, Baghdad, Iraq
DiedOctober 23, 1963(1963-10-23) (aged 41–42)
Baghdad, Iraqi Republic
GenresArabic, Iraqi maqam
Occupation(s)Vocalist, songwriter

Nazem al-Ghazali (Arabic: ناظم الغزالي‎, given name also spelled Nazim, Nadhim, Nadhem or Nathem) (1921 – 23 October 1963) was one of the most popular singers in the history of Iraq and his songs are still heard by many in the Arab world.


He was born in the Haydar Khanah quarter in Baghdad, and studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Iraq. He started his career as an actor, and after a few years turned to singing. He worked at the Iraqi Radio in 1948, and was member of the Andalusian Muashahat Ensemble. In that period, he worked with the great oudist Jamil Bashir, and together they produced some distinguished works, such as Fog el-Nakhal and Marrou 'Alayya el-Hilween. He was also a student of Muhammad al-Qubbanchi, (el-Kabbandji), one of the most prominent maqam singers of the last century. Nazem was renowned for his popular songs and he had also recorded some maqams. According to many, his refined mellow voice was the finest in the field. He was married to prominent Iraqi Jewish singer Salima Murad.


Nazem Al-Ghazali's band consisted of many prominent musicians known to the Arab world. The flute player, in addition to the khanoun player, were blind. They are usually the two musicians most commonly seated directly behind Nazem during his concerts.

List of songs[edit]

  • Fog Elna khel
  • Talaa Min Beit Abuha
  • Ayartni Bil-Shaeb
  • Tusbukh Ala Kheir
  • Gulli Ya Hilu
  • Hayak Baba Hayak
  • Shlon
  • Ma Rida
  • Ahebak

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