My Sunset-Land ROJAVA

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My Sunset-Land ROJAVA
Studio album by
Released19 June 2020, Canada
RecordedFebruary 2020, Toronto, Canada
StudioRevolution Recording
GenreInstrumental Kurdish
Shahriyar Jamshidi chronology
The Lullaby of A Nomad
My Sunset-Land ROJAVA

My Sunset-Land ROJAVA is the fifth solo album of the Kurdish Kamancheh player Shahriyar Jamshidi. This self-published project released in hard-copy and digital formats.[1][2]

My Sunset-Land ROJAVA is a full-length instrumental album for Kamancheh consists of nine tracks - two composed music and seven improvisation music, based on micro-tonal West Asian from Kurdish region.[3][4]

My Sunset-Land ROJAVA highlights the roles of women in revolutionary resistances in the western Kurdistan Rojava in recent years; the album is dedicated to women of Kurdistan who lost their life to free Rojava. The song Viyan is in memory of the Kurdish singer Viyan Peyman and track nine Tears Of Shingal commemorates the Sinjar massacre where hundreds of innocent people were sacrificed by ISIL.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

5."My Sunset-Land ROJAVA
  • ”I. Viyan
  • ”II. Midnightish
  • ”III. Pomegranate Seeds
  • ”IV. Rojhelat
  • ’’V. Amordād
  • ”VI. Şoke (Barro, Brant's oak syrup)
  • ”VII. Pendar (Figment)
  • ”VIII. Dersim
  • ”IX. Tears of Şingal (Sinjar)
  • 7:23
  • 4:45
  • 5:49
  • 2:59
  • 4:44
  • 5:09
  • 6:50
  • 5:26
  • 5:38
Total length:46:43


  • Shahriyar Jamshidi - Composition and Kamancheh
  • L. Stuart Young - Recording & Mixing
  • Fedge - Mastering
  • Zehra Doğan – Artwork
  • Jef Rabillon - Photographer
  • Roxana Khoshravesh – Layout
  • HÎra Çavken & Mitchell Fillion - Video


  1. ^ The Proge Space (June 15, 2020). "What's Hot?! Week 25/2020" (Press release). Canada: The Proge Space. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "Shahriyar Jamshidi: My Sunset-Land ROJAVA" (Press release). Canada: Textura. August 25, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2020. ... With only a single instrument in play, the sound is generally sparse, which bolsters its intimate quality. Multi-tracking is downplayed for the sound of the kamanche played in real-time [...] it proves to be enough: as earlier noted, the instrument's vocal-like cry lends itself perfectly to a sorrowful setting such as "Midnightish," but it's able to convey joy too; in prefacing its fiddling with an oud-like intro, "Dersim" also illustrates the range of sounds that can be sourced from the kamanche.
  3. ^ Zulić, Harun (August 5, 2020). "Music - My Sunset-Land" (Press release). Canada: Canuckistan Music. Retrieved August 6, 2020. … The first metric movement 'Viyan' opens the gate for the solo performances. They continue to tell the story of My Sunset-land ROJAVA by moving through the spaces (modes) in each improvisation track until the last melancholy movement in 3/8 lands the album to the end, and Kamancheh joins the mourning with whispering a Dengbeji (storytelling) melody on the D string until fading out. Yet, Kurdistan is not free from the circle!"
  4. ^ David Dalle (July 2, 2020). "Thursday July 2nd, 2020 with David Dalle". CKCU FM 93.1. Retrieved August 6, 2020. "… "My Sunset Land Rojava" is inspired by the area popularly known as Rojava, which is the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and particularly the Kurdish women who have fought and sacrificed so much for the independence of this zone in recent years.
  5. ^ Guldivê, Luqman (June 26, 2020). ""Kemaçe keçeke Kurd e"" [“Kamanche is a Kurdish girl.”] (Press release) (in Kurdish). Germany: Ozgur Politika. Retrieved August 6, 2020. … Ji bo strana yekê ya di vê albûmê de ew dibêje: "Ji bo yad û bibîranîna Viyan Peyman e. Wê her tişt bi cih hişt û şerê DAIŞ'ê kir. Wê jiyana xwe ji bo Kurdistanê ji bo jinên dinyayê, ji bo jinên Rojhilata Navîn feda kir."
  6. ^ Oke, Naz (June 7, 2020). "Musique - "My Sunset-Land Rojava" de Shahriyar Jamshidi" [Music - ″My Sunset-land Rojava″ by Shahriyar Jamshidi] (Press release) (in French). Paris, France: Kedistan. Retrieved August 6, 2020. … Particulièrement, le titre "Tears of Şingal (Sinjar)" rappelle une des plus sombres tragédie du 21ème siècle, le génocide des Yézidis en Irak, où plus de 5000 civils ont été massacréEs laissant des centaines de combattants libérateurs ensuite tombés au sol. Rappelons que milles femmes ont été prises et revendues comme esclaves par Daech.