Farida & The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble Curated by Jerusalem In My Heart Farida Mohammad Ali's mastery of the ancient maqam discipline - a lifetime’s pursuit - is truly extraordinary. In execution, this traditional singing technique requires full command of complex melodies, as well as a an understanding of the embedded philosophies within them. But most of all, it's common custom in Arabic cultures for maqam singers to be male. Farida Mohammad Ali however, is well-versed in maqam al-baghdadi, a form of maqam rooted in the very beginnings of civilization, emphasizing and encouraging more free-form singing. Unable to show videos. Please click here to accept cookies and enable embedding of videos. back to line-up Spotify Unable to embed spotify. Please click here to accept cookies and enable playing of music. News Fri Aug 24th Listen to Farida & The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble's full performance at Le Guess Who? 2017 Tue Oct 31st Re-watch Farida Mohammed Ali perform on Vrije Geluiden TV Tue Aug 1st The Guardian interviews Farida Mohammad Ali, "the mother of all maqam"