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Dakhil Hassan


Dakhil Hassan


Dakhil Hassan Ali Al-Ghazi is an Iraqi rural singer. He was born in 1909 in a village called

 (Dar Al-Shatt) in Shatrah district near Nasiriyah city. 
He started singing when he was (8) years old while grazing his family's cows.

In the early days of his youth, he moved from his village to   Nasiriyah city to repair boats, and then he was appointed as a policeman in 1927. He was also transporting passengers in his  boat from Shatrah to Al-Duwaya across the marshes that was covering this area at the time.

His voice was distinguished by a strong throat and a long breath, as well as a hoarseness of his voice that distinguished him from all his peers at countryside singers. He used the (rosary) as part of the musical instruments accompanied him.

In 1936 he left his job as policeman and traveled to Baghdad and applied to work in the radio station house as a countryside singer. He became a certified countryside singer in Iraqi radio. His songs were recorded on CDs by large and famous audio recording companies such as (Suda, Nagham, Columbia, and Chakmakji). He had more than 137 songs.

When Iraq TV was established in the fifties, he recorded his songs and concerts for Iraqi television, and got invitations from Arab countries such as (Syria, Lebanon, Egypt). He started recording country songs in the latest audio recording studios at that time.

Dakhil Hassan met the great Egyptian singer - Umm Kalthum in Aleppo while he was recording for one of his songs, so she heard his voice and liked him a lot and invited him to sing in Cairo. But he apologized to her, saying that his accent could not be easily understood by Egyptians. She gave him a gift for his wife and he gave her a scarf, which she kept until she died.

In 1978, he retired and returned to Nasiriyah city and remained there until his death in 1985