Skip to comments.Iraqi, U.S. Bands Jazz up Ziggurat
Posted on 04/09/2009 5:02:20 PM PDT by SandRat
COB ADDER — The smooth sounds of keyboard, drums and saxophone echoed off the walls of the 5,000-year-old Ziggurat of Ur during a concert here, April 1.
"This concert is because of all of you," said Dr. Anne Prouse, the Dhi Qar Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) leader, as she stood on the stage in front of more than 200 Iraqi and Coalition forces. "Iraqi citizens, the Iraqi Army and the rest of the Coalition forces are the reason why this is happening today."
Prouse and her PRT assisted the Iraqi Security Forces, Coalition forces and Dhaif Muhsen, the Ziggurat curator, in planning the event. The musical event showcased the Ali Joda band, from Iraq, and the Alvin and Atkinson Jazz Band, from America.
"In some other countries in the world, like Egypt or Jordan, they depend on tourism," said Muhsen. "This is a good thing and I hope that Iraq can depend on its tourism using places like the Ziggurat."
The Ali Joda band started the night by performing some of their internationally known music, which has been played worldwide, including at the White House. After a standing ovation, America’s Alvin Atkinson Jazz Band took the stage.
"It was wonderful to see the [Iraqi citizens] united through music," said Lt. Col. Mark Nelson, the deputy commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
(Multi-National Division – South Release)
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