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Never Forget Gabriel Asaad



Gabriel Asaad was an Assyrian folk singer in the 20th century. He was born into a Syriac Orthodox family in the town of Midyat in 1907. Back then, Midyat was still part of the Ottoman Empire.

He and his family witness the Assyrian genocide of 1915. The family eventually fled and moved to Sweden, where Gabriel spent the rest of his life. He died in Stockholm in 1997. 

Gabriel loved to sing nationalist songs about Assyria and Assyrians. Some of his well known songs were:
Ho Donho Shemsho (ܗܐ ܕܢܚܐ ܫܡܫܐ The sun is shining)
Motho Rhimto
(ܡܬܐ ܪܚܝܡܬܐ Beloved nation)
Moth Beth-Nahrin (ܡܬܝ ܒܝܬܢܗܪܝܢ Mesopotamia my nation)

Gabriel Asaad will be remembered for composing the first Assyrian song in the Syriac language in modern time; Othuroye Ho Mtoth Elfan l-Metba‘ (ܐܬܘܪܝܶܐ ܗܐ ܡܛܬ ܐܠܦܢ ܠܡܛܒܥ Assyrians, Our ship is on the way to sink.) This song was recorded in 1926. Here are the lyrics and the song itself thanks to youtube:





ܐܳܬܼܽܘܪ̈ܳܝܶܐ ܗܳܐ ܡܛܳܬܼ݀ ܐܶܠܦܰܢ ܠܡܶܛܒܰܥ ܩܥܰܘ ܩܳܠ ܠܡܰܠܳܚܰܢ ܕܰܢܦܰܨܶܝܢ ܒܰܥܓܰܠܼ

ܐܰܪܺܝܡܘ ܥܰܝܢܰܝ̈ܟܽܘܢ ܣܳܩܽܘܪܟܼܽܘܢ ܣܰܩܒܰܠ ܩܥܰܘ ܩܳܠ ܠܩܶܢܛܪ̈ܽܢܰܝܢ ܕܰܢܦܰܨܶܝܢ ܒܰܥܓܼܰܠ

ܢܩܽܘܡ ܟܽܠܰܢ ܡܶܢ ܫܶܢܬܼܳܐ ܕܡܰܗ̱ܡ̱ܝܳܢܽܘܬ̣ܳܐ ܕܢܶܦܠܽܘܚ ܒܟܰܪ̈ܡܶܐ ܕܐܳܬ̣ܽܘܪ ܒܟܰܫܺܝܪܽܘܬ̣ܳܐ

ܗܘܰܝܢܰܢ ܐܰܝܟ݂ ܝܰܬܡ̈ܶܐ ܕܠܳܐ ܡܥܰܕܪܳܢܽܘܬ̣ܳܐ ܢܶܦܠܽܘܚ ܒܟܰܪ̈ܡܶܐ ܕܐܳܬ̣ܽܘܪ ܒܟܰܫܺܝܪܽܬ̣ܳܐ


Othuroye ho mţoth elfan l-meţbaʻ
qʻaw qol l-malohain da-nfaşen ba-ʻghal
Arim ʻaynaykhun soqurkhun saqbal
qʻaw qol l-qenţrunayn da-nfaşen ba-ʻghal
Nqum kulan men shentho d-mayonutho
d-nefluh b-karme d-Othur b-kashirutho
Hwaynan akh yatme d-lo mʻadronutho

Nefluh b-karme d-Othur b-kashirutho





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