Album: Maria Tarantouri...Sings Taner Akyol (Enja)

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Composer Akyol's family hails from Dersim, where Turks murdered Kurds in 1934.

Irrigation dams in ancient Kurdish lands have now replaced "Turkification" as a scourge of the Kurds and Akyol's music is both a lament for the massacre and a protest against the new incursion. Tarantouri is a campaigner for peace between Greek and Turkish communities: here she sings Greek translations of old Anatolian poems, whose subject-matter ranges from exile to the ecstasies of Sufi devotion.