Born to Iraqi parents in Minnesota, United States in 1996, Humom Asamarai is a poet, Spoken Word artist, and an activist as most of his work revolves around politics and religion. His work is deeply affected by what has taken place back in Iraq and the occupation of Palestine, and more recently other Arab nations as the Arab revolution continues to spread and power begins to fall into the hands of
the people as they overthrow their oppressive leaders. The Iraqi occupation has hit home many times, many of his relatives have been brutally murdered for absolutely no reason and that has definitely inspired his work. Humom has been writing poems since he was a little kid but it wasn’t until he was 12 years old when he performed for the first time at MCTC that he discovered his love for performing. Since then, he has gone to perform at many events all around the Twin Cities metro area. It wasn’t until January 2012 that his supporters sky rocketed when he shot his first ever video with Altamish Photography titled ‘Why I l love Islam, And Love Jesus Too’ as a response to Jefferson Bethke’s viral video ‘Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus’. His video went viral as well and hit 20,000 by the first two weeks. This inspired him to do something big. Four months later in April, he released his first ever album, ‘The Struggle’.
The stage name ‘The Zaghloool’ came along as a family nickname at first by his cousin Farah. The name wasn’t serious at first, but as he continued to write poetry, it grew along with his work and stuck with. Zaghloool is an Arabic word for a dove/baby pigeon, which represents peace, youth, power, and agility.