CAIRO, July 31 (AKnews) - The Nakia al-Qadiriya religious singing band of the Ministry of Culture in the Kurdistan Region presented religious chants and songs praising the Prophet Muhammad, the Caliphs and the month of Ramadan on the theater of the historical al-Ghouri complex, Qubbet al-Ghouri, as part of the fifth International Sufi Music Festival, Samaa in Cairo.
Director general of the Culture Ministry in the region and the head of the participating delegation in the festival Kanaan Rashad al-Mufti said: "We participate for the first time in such international festivals and the band presented Sufi songs and monologues. The participating band adopts the Naqshabandi way with the participation of Sheikh Ahmed Kaznzani.
"We participate in this great festival to inform the people that Kurds have culture, history and tradition.
"There is common history between Egypt and the Kurdish people and there is spiritual and emotional harmony between the two peoples. We feel that our history of Islam is one and there are common things in all aspects. In addition to that the Kurdish people are educated by Egyptians through the media, and there are branches of Al-Azhar in the Kurdistan Region.
"The cultural exchange between Egypt and the region continues and many bands visit us at the festivals that we have."
The Samaa International Festival kicked off on Sunday under the title "Man is the Home, and Home is the Man". This session is considered the largest in the history of the festival sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. Iraq participates with two bands from the Ministry of Culture of the Kurdistan Region and the Ministry of Culture in Baghdad.