The band Nishtiman performs in France during Fête de la Musique on June 21, 2018.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The famed Kurdish music group ‘Nishtiman’ participated in the Fête de la Musique in France to sing from their different dialects.
“The Homeland music group, on the occasion of Fête de la Musique on Thursday in France performed a concert. In it, the renowned Kurdish singer Ayub Ali sang,” Hazhar Zahawi, renowned Kurdish daf player, told Rudaw.
The Fête de la Musique is a music festival held across of France annually on June 21. Regional and international musical groups are encouraged to play their music. It first began in 1982.
“This year, we participated as the sole Kurdish music group. We performed many indigenous Kurdish songs and music,” Zahawi further revealed.
The daf is percussion instrument similar to a tambourine.The group, whose name means “Homeland” is composed of Kurds from the four parts of Kurdistan, each playing a different instrument.
The group has published two albums, both sponsored by Rudaw Media Network. Their latest album was named Kobane, after the infamous Kurdish city in Syrian Kurdistan that was besieged by ISIS and then liberated by Kurdish fighters from Rojava and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
The album contains songs from the Sorani, Kurmanji, Hawrami and Kalhuri dialects of the Kurdish language.