by Cultural Cornerstones.|
This CD is primarily composed of
field recordings collected in Turkish Kurdistan during the Summer of
2001 and is supplemented by archival recordings donated by Kurdish
record companies in Istanbul. It includes 22 tracks (approximately 60
minutes running time) and a twenty-four page color booklet rich with
liner notes and expressive photographs from the region, which provide a
beautiful and honest reflection on the music, land, and people of
present day Turkish Kurdistan. While the CD presents a selection of
diverse musical styles (including various songs of mourning, political
songs, and wedding songs), the bulk of the recordings highlight the
distinct Kurdish tradition of the
‘Denbêj’ singers, or "Bards of
Kurdistan," who have fulfilled their social role of collecting and
reciting the history of the Kurdish people for centuries.
CD bears witness to the beauty of the Kurdish people and supports and
advocates their right to speak, sing, write, and learn in their own
language and live freely in their land. Cultural Cornerstones hopes
that their work will lend support to the undeniable distinct and unique
nature of the Kurdish people and their culture.
Cornerstones will use the profits they make from this CD to continue
mission of Cultural Cornerstones is to preserve and publish the ethnic
traditions of at-risk cultures for use in education and advocacy
worldwide. We use arts as a tool to give a voice to the unique beauty
of under represented cultures and the struggles they are facing.
Through our publications and advocacy campaigns, we aim to encourage
awareness, activism, and compassion in the public consciousness to
value and protect these people and their threatened traditions."