Delightful Kurdish Dudes Dancing

Update November 25, 2010. Darn. They removed the youtubes. I would be deeply grateful if someone could dig those up for me again!

A Kurdish friend of mine (thanks Rebeen!) sent me those delightful youtubes of traditional Kurdish music and dancing.
It’s in two parts, watch it here:

Apart from the very, VERY catchy rhythm (and so what if those voices do … grate a bit), this bit of music and dancing cheers me up for a number of reasons:

  • The sheer joy with which those guys engage in their dancing
  • The sheer seriousness with which those guys engage in their dancing
  • Look at those shoulders shaking about! they are really INTO it
  • And how they are, let’s say, very well fed, and yet happily engage in a stiff quarter of an hour of exercise with abovementioned cheer and and earnesty
  • Those white shoes under those baggy trousers! Stylish and delightful!
  • Those mustaches are authentic and not offensive one way or another, thank heavens (and if you have no clue what I am talking about, so much the better)
  • The shawl that gets waved about on both ends, it’s serious business, but also very cheerful!
  • Anyone can join, apparently, just follow the steps
  • There may be some sexism (only this one woman!) but certainly no agism
  • It’s kind of nice how those three singers harmoniously share those two microphones

Well, it just cheers me up to no end and makes me want to learn this dance, including the waving about of that shawl.

I’d actually need to cultivate the belly πŸ˜€ (nah, not doing so, but you know, the idea is nice)

Now only to know what on earth they are singing, I have no clue (nor does Rebeen). Anyone?


One thought on “Delightful Kurdish Dudes Dancing

  1. I agree about the serious cheerfulness πŸ™‚ The music’s quite hypnotic too, which I like about it.

    Re the voices: well the harshness is obviously part of the singing style, and intended to be that way. The tune is mostly on three notes, but listen to the complexity of the way they ornament those three notes. Like very fast and controlled glottal stops . . .

    As for the gender balance, I’m inclined to think it’s heavily in the woman’s favour, really.

    The atmosphere reminds me very much of an event I once went to, partly organised by a contact at orchestra whose husband is Persian. They’d arranged for a Persian band to come and play (and sing). The most wonderful thing about that—apart from the music—was how totally relaxed they were when performing. They just sat down, with the same look of relaxed satisfaction one might have after a really good meal with friends, and played and sang, looking as though they were enjoying it immensely, with the result that the audience enjoyed it immensely too. The music was rather similar to this, and one of the players had the same giant-tambourine-like drum which he somehow played by balancing it on his thumbs while striking it with his fingers.

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