ganî mîrzo was born in 1968 in qamişlî, western kurdistan. he studied at the aleppo conservatory, teaching lute and composition. in 1993 he moved to catalunya (spain) and studied at the liceu conservatory in barcelona.
he is now head of the department of oriental music (ziryab) at the barcelona school of music and a professor of flamenco guitar at the liceu conservatory.
he is been widely praised for his fusion of kurdish, oriental, and spanish flamenco styles.
ganî mîrzo has also began a fund to help kurdish-syrian refugees in refugee camps in southern kurdistan, especially the dormiz refugee camp. please support him in the creation of his new disc here and all proceeds (after expenses paid to his team) will be donated to the refugees.
Kuftay Slemani. One of the great Kurdish meals. (at Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan)
To be honest, I have no clue. I’m delegating this to anyone that has an idea?
i totally could.
hastiara replied to your photo:
How do you pronounce that last name!! :D btw, your blog is awesome! :-)
i believe you pronounce it ‘raehndeg’
thank you very much!
i exchanged emails with the photographer of the previous post (the paris demonstrations), jeffry ruigendijk, and this is what he said.
this is beautiful.
the kelaşîn stele - located in kelaşîn, southern kurdistan - is a stone bearing urartian and assyrian text. the stone dates back to 800 bce.
the stone describes the commemoration of the successful conquest of the assyrian city of musasir (ardini in urartian). the urartians is one of the main groups considered to be the ancestors of modern armenians and of some kurds; their language is a substratum of both the armenian and kurdish language to some extent signifying a tie between the two cultures.
the urartians were conquered by the medians during its era of expansion.
kelaşîn apparently means “blue holy stone” in sorani kurdish.
these photos belong to the harki family archive and dr. mohamad salih gomah (sidenote: the harki tribe is considered jash)
in a month, it will soon be an entire year since the assassination of 3 kurdish women: Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan, and Leyla Söylemez at the kurdish institute of paris, france.
on 12 january 2013, thousands of kurds across europe gathered in paris to protest. an estimated 86,000 attended.
it was decided that an ultranationalist turk had assassinated all 3 of them that early morning and locked the door to the institute. their bodies were found at 7 in the morning. [jeffry ruigendijk]
nelson mandela did go on to accept the ataturk peace award in 1999, a purely political decision
the world’s greatest human rights activist has died today. nelson mandela, aged 95, peacefully died today december 5th surrounded by his family in his south african home.
he was a champion. he stood for every single oppressed nation across the world. he would turn down awards from countries who recognized and appreciated his work but they were countries who oppressed and abused the minorities within their borders.
he turned down the ataturk peace award back in 1992 which was to be given to him by turkey. he refused because turkey oppressed, arbitrarily arrested, and attempted to culturally assimilate/wipe out their kurdish population. when he was asked why he did it, he replied “if you became a kurdish man for just one hour, you would understand why”
he countlessly urged for peace between the palestinians and israelis but always sided with the palestinians- meeting arafat frequently.
he was a champion and i am forever in debt to his work. he was my idol. rip nelson mandela