Singer Ciwan Haco said in an interview with Diljen Roni for GazeteDuvar that he didn’t know how much he was loved until Batman left.
I was surprise
“Actually, when I started, I didn’t know that there would be so much love. My nation’s love for me, of course, I would not trade for the world.
When will I realize?
I realized it when I went to Batman. I saw so much love, I was shocked. Indeed, I have mentioned it many times.
This is a very valuable thing. But I can tell you this, there is no end to the music, but I got what I was looking for. The acceptance of my nation, the love of the country for me, as they love me, I love them more, but I have reached the picture, I thank them.”
Who is Ciwan Haco?
Ciwan Haco (born 1957) is a Kurdish singer. He was born in Tirbespî near Qamişlo in Syria. His grandfather was originally from Doğançay in Turkey. After finishing high school, he left for Germany in order to continue his studies. He studied musicology at the Ruhr University Bochum. He is now residing in Sweden.
At the beginning he did not count with the support of his family due to fact at that time only the lower classes played music. But at 14 he released his first album and with 17 he performed for the first time in front of a larger public. Ciwan Haco is one of the first Kurdish singers to combine Kurdish folk music with western style pop music, rock, blues and jazz. In 2003 he received permission for a concert in Batman, which was attended by more than 200,000 people. Ciwan Haco is known for his lyrics that are often purposely simple and to which the main recurrent theme is love, with variations around this same theme. The main song from his last album Off (2006), Li hêviya te (Waiting for you) features vocals in both Kurmanci and French language (the latter being sung by a female vocalist).
Similar to other famous Kurdish musicians like Şivan Perwer, Haco sometimes uses poems by famous Kurdish poets such as Cegerxwîn or Qedrîcan in his songs ,. He has also recorded one of the novels of Mehmed Uzun named Destana Egîdekî.
Wrote music for movies – Dol(2007), E: xile(2012), Chaplin of the Mountains(2013) and Sîrusta Gerîla(2017). Also played as an actor in Dol(2007). His song was used in the soundtrack of the documentary “1001 Apples”.
To date he has released 17 albums and a live VCD and DVD
- Emîna Emîna (1970)
- Pêşmerge (1979)
- Diyarbekîr (1981)
- Welatperestî (1982)
- Gûla Sor (1983)
- Leyla (1985)
- Girtîyên Azadîyê (1987)
- Çaw Bella (1989)
- Sî û Sê Gule (1991)
- Dûrî (1994)
- Bilûra Min (1997)
- Destana Egîdekî (1998)
- Derya (2003)
- Konsera Batmanê (2003) (VCD & DVD)
- Na Na (2004)
- Off (2006)
- Veger (2012)
- Felek (2018 – Hamburg)
This news translated by Yonca Sarsılmaz