Moshe Habusha was born in Jerusalem in 1962 into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Baghdad, Iraq. His grandfather, Gurji Yair, was a cantor - a singer who leads prayers in a synagogue - and the young Moshe decided to follow in his footsteps. He began singing at the age of twelve, in a synagogue in Jerusalem, and also learnt the oud and violin. He developed a great love of Egyptian music and has introduced the songs of Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Umm Kulthum and Abdel Halim Hafez into his cantorial singing. He has also performed with a number of Palestinian-Israeli musicians including Simon Shaheen. Habusha has released dozens of CDs of liturgical music and has performed far and wide, most notably at synagogues in Brooklyn, New York and Cairo, Egypt.