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Strengthening the program of presentations of Middle East culture
  Iraqi oud musician Naseer Shamma was invited to perform in the first of a series of presentations of Arab music from the Mediterranean region that the Japan Foundation has undertaken as part of a program begun in 2003 to promote greater understanding of Middle East culture. For the first concert of this series, Naseer Shamma, who is director of the Arab Oud House and famous for his one - hand performance, was invited to give performances and a seminar (Dec. 2 and 3 in Tokyo). For this Japan tour, a special ensemble of oud, qanun, nay, riqq, violin and contrabass performers was assembled.