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The Ex met Kurdish singer Brader Mûsîkî in 1991and asked him, after seeing him play, for the ‘6.Series’. Brader with The Ex as backing band became “6.2“: “Millîtan” and “Cemê Rynê”, plus a booklet with extensive Kurdish history. Between 1991-1993 they did some concerts together... Then, after more than 25 years, they met again. Socially it felt like yesterday. Eating together, telling history, listening to music.
Discovering all of Brader’s recent activities was intriguing: playing in the Kurdish part of Turkey and Syria a lot, recording in Aleppo, playing for 100,000 people in Iraq, an appearance on Turkish TV as a big orchestra leader, acting in Dutch and other films, writing a poetry book, painting!
How come people in Holland and abroad know so little about this phenomenon? And why was there no CD around? We had to do it!
Brader had a large amount of home recordings and he, Emma and Terrie made a selection. The lyrics were translated and together with lots of photos covering his whole life plus some personal history they filled the axccompanying booklet.
The result: the music and background give an incredible depth. There are ancient Kurdish stories but also recent comments. Very poetic, lots of double meanings, deep feelings of oppression; clear and intense. Standing up against the cruel injustice, giving hope and strength to the unique Kurdish culture and people.
1. Şeva Hîcran 4.52
2. Termên Windayî 5.50
3. Herim Kuda 5.14
4. Dilbera Zêrîn Kemer 5.45
5. Ez Mame Di Hikmeta Xwedêde 3.22
6. Kalbûn Belaye 5.58
7. Lowiko Nobedaro 5.15
8. Evînkuj 4.55
9. Darhejîrokê 5.49
All music and lyrics by Brader Müsîkî (vocals, tembur, def)
Recorded at Studio Nalin, Arnhem, NL by Brader Mûsikî and Simko Terkî in 2012 (2,5,8) & 2019 (1,3,4,6,7,9).
Guest musicians: Simko Terkî (def, ud, violin), Memo (darbuka), Nalin & Jiyan (backing vocals)
Mastered by Arnold de Boer at Arnold’s Upstairs, Amsterdam
Artwork and lay-out: Emma Fischer
Research & text: Terrie Ex