Who is Xalîd Reşîd?
Xalîd Reşîd; was born in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, and currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden. He is recognized as one of the most influential interpreters of Kurdish music academically with an extended knowledge in Persian and Azerbaijani music. Xalîd Reşîd extensively studied oriental musical instruments such as the balaban, which is widely used in Kurdish folk music, the flutes nây and blûr, the oûd and various percussion instruments.
He left Kurdistan for Europe in 1980 and resided in Sweden. After taking courses in Swedish language he joined the fine arts academy and the music department. Then he joined university in Sweden, studying archeology. He obtained his masters degree in archeology in 1991. He has written two books on the archeological sites of Kurdistan.
In 1996 he was elected head of the Kurdish artists congress in Europe and handed the task of forming a national Kurdish orchestra. He started academic studies in music again in 1999 this time in Russia and recorded some classical Kurdish songs there.