For Aras Zarza, a Kurdish singer based in the Iranian Kurdistan and who is at the start of his music career, staying home rather than life in exile is a source of inspiration.
The 31-year-old singer and guitar player is from the Kurdish city of Urmia, raised by a family whose love for literature and music inspired him to pursue music as his career.
Many Kurdish singers have left the Iranian Kurdistan to the West, mainly because of state-imposed censorship on some Kurdish songs or due to cultural limitations.
"Why do artists go to European cities and other cities and make their music while we own this beautiful nature, this colorful Kurdistan, this village, and this nice city?," Zarza asked.
"They can come to these places, make their music, and record it."