A tribute to Ibrahim Qashoush who had his voicebox removed after singing at demonstrations

Ibrahim Qashoush led singing and chanting at the demonstrations in Hama. He was killed by agents of the Syrian regime in Hama and his broken body was found in the river on 4 July 2011. This is Ibrahim Qashoush singing and bringing energy to the protest:

and with subtitles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH57lRemXtw&feature=player_embedded

He raised people’s spirits through his song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMDjAIviODg

and inspired others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SnmGMoSMU4&feature=player_embedded


This is his body – the regime’s thugs kidnapped him, killed him and dumped his body in the Assi river in Hama. They broke his body and cut out his throat. The video is graphic (+18):

He sang:

“Your legitimacy here has ended
Get out Basher
Bashar you’re a liar
To hell with you and your speech
Freedom is at the door
Time to leave basher

Maher you’re a coward
You’re an agent of the US
Syrians won’t be humiliated
Get out Bashar”

His body is gone, but his spirit lives on in his songs that are spreading throughout Syria. He will not be silenced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozF6kLRe_cs&feature=player_embedded





This is a remix of one of his songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnUqdMifyUM&feature=youtu.be

There is a Tribute page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IBRAHIM.QASHOSH

See also:

Protest singer Ibrahim Kashoush had his throat cut

“One of many grim videos to emerge from the Syrian city of Hama purported to show the body of protester Ibrahim Kashoush after his throat had been cut by the security forces,” reported the British newspaper The Guardian on 5 July 2011 at 4:41 PM.

The slogans that the demonstrating crowds in Hama have repeated again and again are from a song which was composed by the locally based singer Ibrahim Kashoush — a folklore singer who chanted traditional Aradah tunes as protest songs, adding new lyrics he wrote himself to the old wedding and celebration melodies. His body was reportedly found dumped in the Assi River on Wednesday morning.
Arabic: http://www.freemuse.org/sw42615.asp

Telegraph: Syria: Secret journey around a nation in revolt finds protesters are not flagging
Syrian musician Ibrahim Qashoush sang of freedom – until he paid the price. But as The Sunday Telegraph saw during secret travels across the country, Syrians are determined to keep up pressure to oust President Assad.
By Special Correspondent in Hama
10 Jul 2011

He was no pop superstar, but Ibrahim Qashoush wrote the stand-out song of the Syrian uprising.

“It’s time to leave, Bashar,” its lyrics go. “Freedom is near.”
Some of its verses were frankly rude: “Screw you, Assad,” says one line.

But the singer paid the price for his fleeting fame. On Monday [4 July 2011], according to a video that has circulated the country online, his body was found floating in the River Orontes in his home-town, Hama. His throat had been cut; in the footage, his head lolls horribly.

On an evening in late June, Qashoush’s voice had soared over one of the crowds as some of the biggest protests yet in the Arab world came to the boil. But as Assad’s troops moved in, they found and dealt with him, overseas dissidents have confirmed.

Hundreds of thousands had gathered in Hama, a town in northern Syria once best known for its centuries-old waterwheels and more recently as the centre of the last rebellion against Assad rule.

In 1982, President Bashar al-Assad’s father Hafez sent tanks to end that opposition with great ferocity, killing between 10,000 and 20,000 people. Now Bashar may be forced to order a repeat of the operation, as Hama becomes once again the focus of resistance to the regime.

In the wake of the protest at which Qashoush sang, and an even bigger one last Friday when an estimated 250,000 of the city’s population again risked tank shells and sniper bullets to pour out of their homes, President Assad’s overstretched forces are finding the city slipping beyond their grasp. […]

The full article with a video with subtitles can be found here:

BBC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3aYJNUoaLM

alarabia: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/07/08/156758.html

Latest recordings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBMZUt7HZBI&feature=share