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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, for December 1, 2004 - 7:00pm

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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa - December 1, 2004

This week's theme is on Kurds, Kurdistan and their culture.

In the First part, we play an interview conducted earlier by Mehmet Bayram and Sureya Sayadi when they interviewed Christiane Bird an author and acclaimed journalist who had traveled to Kurdistan of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran and has written a book about her journey by the title:"A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts, Journeys in Kurdistan" . Christiane Bird discusses the history, daily living, religion and politics of the day in Kurdistan. The title of the book is a traditional Kurdish poem, in complete: A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Tears, A Thousand Revolts, A Thousand Hopes. This is what Noam Chomsky said about this book "I cannot recommend too highly this brilliantly evocative portrait of people who have suffered terrible crimes, but endured, with remarkable courage and charm and undying hope, captured with rare sensitivity and sympathetic understanding in Bird's deeply moving account of her journeys through their lands and her sharing of their lives".

In the second part of the program we have Live Music by NeyDavood Ensemble,Persian Classical and Folk Musicians. NeyDavood Ensemble members performing live at our studio are Aryan Rahmanian/Vocal and Setar, Ashkan Ghafouri/Tar and Rachel Valfer/Vocal and Ud (Absent was Fars Hedayati/Daf and Tombak). They perform two songs; the first one was an improvised Persian and Kurdish piece and the second song was a Kurdish Folk song by the title "Sheereen Sheereena" which is a Kurdish name for a girl meaning Sweet and The Sweet. NeyDavood Ensemble members reside in bay area and are active members of the community where they give concerts and fund raising activities such as for the Baam Earthquake. The Neydavood Ensemble performs Persian classical and spiritual music with the poetry of mystical Sufi poets, Rumi and Hafiz, as well as various folk songs from the Kurdish culture. Most of the musicians teach various classical Persian instruments, voice lessons. You can find more about Neydavood at or telephone 510-703-7403.

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