A Kurdish Star

Sivan Perwer

Min Bêriya Te Kiriye (Daquí 332022, 2003)

Very few recordings of Kurdish music are widely available outside the Middle
East. This is one of those few. Kurdish musician Sivan Perwer, gifted with a powerful voice, is one of the
best known artists in the Kurdish music scene. He performs frequently in Europe. With the support of French
label Daquí and the Kurdish Institute of Paris, he recorded this album. Sivan Perwer fights for the rights of the Kurdish people. This makes him
persona non grata in countries like Turkey, Syria, and Iran. His music was
banned in Saddam Hussein’s Irak. But he is a star in the Kurdish-controlled zone
of Irak.

Musically, the sound of Perwer is a mixture of Kurdish folk and Arabic modes (maqams).
The instruments used by Perwer and his band are found in other Middle Eastern cultures: tanbur [aka tenbur], darbuka, qanun [also spelled kanun], and zurna.


Min Bêriya Te Kiriye

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.