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Kazem Al-Saher had finally made it to the stage.When the announcement came that the show would run for two uninterrupted hours, a cheer arose, one that almost rivaled the arrival of the performer himself five minutes later.Seemingly nervous at first, Saher soon found his stride. The crowd sat silent as the performer breathed life into Qabbani's words, serenading the lovers in the audience – young and old – with the master poet's vivid imagery and sorrowful line.Any playlist Saher and his producers prepared beforehand seemed to go out the window after his opening tune. The crowd screamed out the titles of the tunes they wanted to hear and continued shouting relentlessly until they got what they demanded.Several members of the audience called for "The Tyrant".At one point, Saher had scarcely begun a song when he bid the musicians stop.No less than eight Iraqi flags could be seen unfurled in the audience, which Saher acknowledged with a nod and a smile.
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