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Kurdish Folk Music from Western Iran

Various Artists
Kurdish Folk Music from Western Iran

The Kurds are an ethnic people primarily living in a contiguous area of the Middle East composed of southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, and northeastern Syria. Recorded by ethnomusicologist Dieter Christensen and his wife, this album focuses on the folk songs of Kurds living in western Iran in the early 1960s. Kurdish music is broadly divided into three types, reflecting differences in location, social strata, and the degree of professionalism. As explained in more detail in Christensen’s liner notes, urban popular music is played by professional musicians; rural music by peasants and dervishes with semi-professional status. The broadest category, which does not require that performers have special training, consists of music associated with the daily lives of the people and includes lullabies, children’s play songs, work songs, ceremonial songs, and holiday songs. Examples of all three types of music are included in this recording.

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Track Listing

101
Pişmeradî mahôr - Introduction to the mahôr mode Asker Tarzan and Mohemmed Hatemî 3:43
102
Goranî: Behare - Love Song Asker Tarzan, Mohemmed Hatemî, and Mohemmed Mamely 8:03
103
Beyt: Xanê Keyqa and Paşbend (Goranî) Hadji Hemedereş 5:00
104
Şor Mehmûd û Xatû Merzêngan - Pirdewan (The Bridge Watchman) Şîr Ali 3:05
105
Lawk: Genç xelîl - Love Song Hadji Hemedereş 2:04
201
Qazelệ Nalî Derwiş Hemebor 4:24
202
Heyran -Love Song Hadji Hemedereş 2:21
203
Qetar - Love Song Sayid 2:45
204
Paşbend Sayid 0:37
205
Dupeyî Kerim Bayiz 3:21
206
Royne: Çî bû çit lê kirdim Sayid and Hasan 3:02
207
Serdare: Mang le 'asman goşey kyeşa Aşref Bikasî 0:59
208
Kelhorî Mohammed Emin Brja 0:40
209
Laîlaî Batul Ziyayî 0:58
210
Gawas: Manga lawaneh Ziwar Khanum Ziyayî 0:47
211
Laylî çuye humam Hasan 2:52

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