• A Festival of Ideas
  • May 2 - 5, 2024
  • Guelph

Moneka Arabic Jazz

During Ahmed Moneka’s formative years in Iraq, he learned traditional songs and drumming in a family tradition that was brought to Iraq in the 8th century. Later, he was accepted into one of Iraq’s top high schools for the performing arts where he learned a variety of artistic disciplines from theatre to singing maqam (scales and nuances) of Middle Eastern music. These experiences shaped his perspectives on the world and his place within it and informed his schooling at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad. During these years, he began to be incredibly moved by stories of human struggle and freedom and formed his convictions about human rights through art, voice and song. Ahmed is joined on stage by musicians Waleed Abdulhamid, Demetri Petsalakis, Fathi Najem, Ernie Tollar, and Max Sennitt.