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Traditional music returns in Syria's war torn Aleppo

From Reuters - February 14, 2018

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Traditional musicians in Syrias Aleppo say their art is flourishing again 13 months after fighting in the city ended, as new students learn the techniques of Qoudud singing.

At the National Choral Institute in Aleppo, singing coach Ahmed Kedah said he has between 30 and 50 pupils, including both school children and university students. The Qoudud style has a long history in Aleppo and is famous across Syria,

Kedah lost one son in the war. Another son, 10-year-old Aiham, eagerly demonstrated his own musical skills on the song You have died.

Syrias conflict, which began in 2011, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven millions from their homes. Aleppo was divided for years between zones held by the government and the rebels, and swathes of its historic center were destroyed.

The fighting in Aleppo ended in December 2016 when the army, backed by Russian jets and Shiite militias supported by Iran, overran the rebel sector after months of siege and bombardment.

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