The modern Assyrian music is influenced depending on the environment of the artists from other music styles. Already in Iraq the British influence on music was remarkable. Many Assyrian musicians and singers adapted western style and instruments. One musician who marked many points regarding the mix of oriental and pop music is Walter Aziz.
Walter Aziz was born and grew up in the Assyrian quarter of Gailani Camp in the capital Baghdad. His father was born in Tbilis, Georgia and his mother in Urmia Iran. Both his parents fled to Baghdad, Iraq where Walter was born.
His father died when he was eight years old. Walter learned the Assyrian language at
The Qasha Khando Elementary School in Gailani Camp . At that time Walter was impressed mostly by Western music, and some church music where he performed with the church quire
In at Qasha Khando school in Baghdad Iraq.
At the age of 16 Walter migrated to Chicago, USA and lived there with his aunt. At that time he loved to hear music of The Beatles, French Algerian singer Enrico Macias and Greek singer Yanis Parios as well as Latin Music.. He started singing in Assyrian in 1973. His first record, was two single vinyl that were released in1974 when Walter was around 19 years old. These singles were produced and played by Al-Sangar Band that included known songs of Shlimun Bet-Shmuel (Orkha d-Nineveh) and Sami Yako (Hal Eman). The other two songs were his own production such as (Simeleh) written by Benyamin Malco and (Dyarty min Sapar) by Esho Yonadam.