Rojava by Kardes Türküler

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Full Moon, Urban Chant

Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Turkmens, Armenians, Chechens and Yazidis which lived together in Rojava, North Syria, declared democratic autonomy in January 2014 in Syria. Kobane is one of the three cantons of Rojava.

500.000 people including refugees coming from other regions of Syria inhabited Kobane. The city is now under siege of the IS terror since the mid-September. People resisting in Kobane are facing a massive massacre. Tomorrow might be too late for Kobane, for humanity and for the world…

Watch the movie and the song by Istanbul based group Kardeş Türküler. Kardeş Türküler came into being in 1993, as a concert project by the Boğaziçi University Folklore Club. The concert, which aimed to interpret Anatolian folksongs based on their own cultural structure and in their original languages, was comprised of four sections: Turkish, Kurdish, Azerbaijani and Armenian.

The project, based on the ideal of living together in fraternity, also took a stand against the polarization and tensions which had been created among different peoples in a multicultural land. Later on, the Kardeş Türküler project began broadening its repertoire, performing songs from such cultures as Laz, Georgian, Circassian, Roma, Macedonian and Alevi among others. These were arranged in accordance with the philosophy of the ensemble. 

Kardeş Türküler is also part of the documentary Teargas and Graffiti about the creativity of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul 2013. The movie got the 2014 Mediterranean Journalist Award in TV by the Anna Lindh Foundation in October 2014; this is the leading regional media prize for reporting across cultures and on issues of cultural diversity and social change.

 

 

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