KURDISH ETHNO MEETS WORLD MUSIC - KOevent are still promoting SAKINA TEYNA, TRIO MARA, MEHMT AKBAS & others
SAKINA began her career self taught, as an autodidact, before she received professional education and voice training.
In the 90′s she was a member of the Mesopotamian Culture Centre, a Kurdish artists association based in Istanbul but acting throughout all of Turkey. Its members suffered various reprisals by the government because of their Kurdish lyrics. Some of them paid their artistic dedication with their lives.
During this time she organized many (due to the government led forbiddance of the Kurdish language until the late 90s) illegal concerts, until eventually she was forced to flee.
She continued her work in Armenia, Syria and Kurdish-Irak.
Currently she is living in Vienna.
Mara' is Zazaki, which is one of the oldest native languages in the Middle East. It means BY US.
Mara draws from the rich treasure of traditional Kurdish songs. They express them anew in their own particular way by contrasting classical and contemporary music. Presented in a way only women can sing them these songs turn into a great experience.
Mehmet Akbaş, singer, song writer, composer, (born on the 1st April 1974, in Dicle (Pîran) district of Diyarbakir (Amed) in North Kurdistan (Turkey). His mother, Emo, is one of the last representatives of pastoral elegy tradition, in other words the 'mourner women'.
He started his professional music career in 1998 at the Mesopotamian Cultural Centre (MKM) based in Istanbul, with a band called Vengê Sodirî (The Voice of Morning), predominantly making music in Zazaki dialect of Kurdish.
In 2001, Mehmet Akbaş released the first album named Wayîr (The Owner) of Vengê Sodirî as a solo singer, compiler and composer. In the same year he was admitted to the Singing Department of Akademi Istanbul Music School on a scholarship. While he continued his work with his band during his studies, in 2003 he shared the same stage with Mercan Dede, a Turkish composer; ney and bendir player, within the scope of Yollar ve Duraklar (Roads and Stops) Project of Akademi Istanbul. In the same period he also performed together with his band at Bêje (Sing your Song) project at Harbiye Openair Theatre and at the II. International Beyoğlu Gathering, both in Istanbul.
In 2004 he launched his Electronic Zaza Project in conjuction with Erdem Helvacıoğlu, a renowned electronic musician in Turkey. With this project he performed on several occasions both home and abroad, mostly at cultural festivals. In the same year he sang the song called 'Lê Lê Wanê' at the second compilation album of Şahîya Stranan (Celebration of Songs) project of MKM, aimed at re-singing traditional Kurdish songs in their original language, which had been launched as Turkish songs with Turkish lyrics. With this song, Akbaş won a great recognition in Turkey.
In 2005 Mehmet Akbaş moved to Cologne, Germany where he continued his music career. In 2008 he launched his project 'Arias from Mesopotamia' in which he sang with western instruments together with traditional eastern instruments and combined opera, traditional and experimental styles. Within the scope of this project he performed in several European cities such as Vienna, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich and he won an approval from music lovers, and gained a significant number of European listeners.
While Akbaş accompanied several Kurdish singers with his duets and back vocals in their albums in 2009, he took part in the compilation album called 'I Love Kurdish Music', released by Suna Bar, with his own composition 'Nio'. In the same year he took part at the distinguished spiritual and sacral music festival 'Festival Musica sacra Paderborn' and took the stage as a soloist for the classical project The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace of Karl Jenkins. In 2011 he also held a mutual concert in Wien Akzent Theater together with Tara Jaff, the only Kurdish Harp player.
In 2011 Mehmet Akbaş released his first maxi album called N!O in which he voiced two of his own compositions, 'Nio' and 'Tenha'. In this album he also sang Berde, a traditional love song from the 70's in Iraqi Kurdistan and it has become a hit since then. Meanwhile, following his sucessful concert at one of the most famous performance centres in Cologne Gloria in January 2011 he also performed at Mainz Intercultural Week and Cologne Music Nights festivals. In 2012 he held several concerts within the scope of the Cologne Summer Blood Festival.
Mehmet Akbaş's first studio works were released as a double album named P!A (Together) in Turkey by KALAN Music in June 2012. The album composed of two CDs, namely THE ISTANBUL SESSION and THE COLOGNE SESSION including 18 songs in Zazaki, Kurmanji, Sorani, Turkish and Farsi.
P!A in which Electronics, World, Ambient, Orient Rock/Pop and Belcanto music styles are indigenously combined was prepared with avant-garde and experimental understanding of music. While THE ISTANBUL SESSION was produced by the Turkish electronic musician Erdem HELVACIOĞLU, THE COLOGNE SESSION in which Orient Rock/Pop prevails was produced by the German jazz and rock musician Philipp BARDENBERG.
In this album, the song called Gift (lyrics by the famous Iranian poet Ferrough Ferroughzad) was composed by Mehmet Akbaş and the famous Iranian singer SUSSAN DEYHIM, based in New York, accompanies him with a remarkable duet. On the other hand one of the most powerful Kurdish females voices HANi, from Iranian Kurdistan, accompanies the singer at the cover version of the traditional song Berde, from the 70's.