Aram Tigran

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Statue of Aram Tigran in Kurdish town Silvan, Diyarbakir.

Aram Tigran (Armenian: Արամ Տիգրան) or Aramê Dîkran (Kurdish rendering from Western Armenian), born Aram Melikyan (Armenian: Արամ Մելիքյան), (1934 – 8 August 2009)[1] was a contemporary Armenian singer who sang primarily in Kurdish. Among Assyrians in Qamishlo he was known as Aram Dikran.

Tigran was born in Al-Qamishli in northeastern Syria to a family originally from Diyarbakır. After finishing ninth grade, he concentrated his efforts on learning music and playing Oud and by the age of twenty years old, he was singing in four languages: Kurdish, Arabic, Syriac and Armenian.[2] He is considered among the best of contemporary Kurdish singers and musicians.[3] He recorded 230 songs in Kurdish, 150 in Arabic, 10 in Syriac, 8 in Greek.[4]

Tigran died in Athens on August 8, 2009.[5] Tigran wanted to be buried in Diyarbakır in Turkey,[6] but the Turkish authorities refused this request.[7][8]

He had three brothers and two sisters.

Albums[edit]

  1. Çîyayê Gebarê, Aydın Müzik, 2004.
  2. Zîlan, Aydın Müzik, 2004.
  3. Serxwebûn Xweş E, Aydın Müzik, 2004.
  4. Kurdistan, Aydın Müzik, 2004
  5. Xazî Dîsa Zarbûma
  6. Rabin
  7. Evîna Feqiyê Teyran
  8. Keçê Dinê
  9. Ey Welato Em Heliyan
  10. Ay dilberê
  11. Daye min berde
  12. Diyarbekira serin
  13. Aydil
  14. Em hatin
  15. Heval Ferat

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