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Syrian Store Tries to Keep Traditional Music Alive

Battling against the tide of modernisation, Mohamad al-Masri has been trying to save the recordings from the golden age of Arabic music.

In his small shop in Damascus, he keeps rare songs from the glorious past and snippets of the biographies of forgotten artists.

He also collects biographies of the Arab world’s greatest singers, which he makes available to people who want to learn about the glory days of Arab music.

This multimedia piece was produced during an IWPR workshop for young Syrian journalists held in Damascus, November 2009.

Trainer: Don Duncan
Editor: Raed Rafei
Project manager: Susanne Fischer