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Aynur

Global Village for Sunday 10 September 2017

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Aynur

Over the years, especially since her first album release in 2004, Aynur Doğan has become one of the most well known musicians from Turkey and a representative for the Kurdish people. Her vocal style and her albums are praised not just in Turkish media but also in international media. She is one of the best sellers with her albums among Kurdish folk albums.

Aynur's music is based on traditional Kurdish folk songs, many of them at least 300 years old. All her lyrics are about the life and suffering of Kurdish people and Kurdish women especially. Musically she tries to blend Kurdish with Western music, interpreting her traditional repertoire in a modern way. She has collaborations with famous musicians and bands like world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limon, Kinan Azmeh, Mercan Dede, Salman Gambarov, Cemîl Qoçgirî, etc. She also appeared in Fatih Akın’s documentary movie “İstanbul Hatırası / Köprüyü Geçmek-Crossing the bridges” as a singer.

Aynur is in Melbourne for a concert this week - and today's Global Village profiles her music from collaborations to solo albums and guest appearences.

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