Originally a guitar player from Aleppo, Syria, Bako has been instrumental in introducing the oud—particularly the Syrian oud– to European musicians. Today, European musicians are becoming increasingly aware that their guitar music has its roots in the Arab world, and that discovering Arabic music is discovering part of their own heritage. With many of the most famous oud workshops in Syria destroyed in the civil war, particularly the factory of his partner, the famous oud maker Ibrahim Sukar, Bako has been searching for oud makers in diaspora to fill the void. And he knows that with so much culture disappearing, men like him will have an increasingly important role to play in saving music heritage. “”The war destroyed everything in Syria, but everything will come back again,” he said. “And when Ibrahim Sukar starts making ouds again, I’ll be there to sell them.”