Google celebrates Iraqi singer Affifa Iskandar
We've all heard of legendary French singer Edith Piaf. But how many of us actually know the Iraqi equivalent Affifa Iskanda? Google today celebrated the life of singer Affifa Iskandar who captured the heart of the Middle East in the mid 20th century.
On what would have been her 98th birthday, Google celebrated her with a Google Doodle.
She was known for her ability to sing the 400-year-old classical Iraqi music of maqam al-iraqi, that weaves poetry together with traditional instrumentation.
She was born in Mosul in 1921 and was born to an Iraqi-Armenian father and Greek mother.
Iskandar was known to have performed for many leaders and rulers, and was an important member of Iraqi society. However she retired in 1979 and many believe that it coincided with when Saddam Hussein came into power as she never wanted to perform for him.
She passed away in 2012 in Baghdad after a battle with cancer.