Historic Koma Amed concert to close Paris Kurdish Cultural Festival

The third edition of the Paris Kurdish Cultural Festival will be crowned by a major concert by Koma Amed and other artists.

The third edition of the Paris Kurdish Cultural Festival will be crowned by a major concert bringing together established and renowned Kurdish artists from various musical traditions.

The concert will see the historic reunion of Koma Amed, 27 years after their last exhibition.

Founded in Ankara in 1988 by a group of students mainly from the medical faculty, Koma Amed emerged during a vibrant but tumultuous period for the Kurdish people. In a context where Kurdish culture and its language were severely repressed, the group could only express its music through rare gatherings.

Despite these challenges, Koma Amed recorded her first album, Kulîlka Azadî, in 1990. This album, recorded in a single day under extreme conditions, notably includes a Kurdish version of the international Italian song Bella Ciao ​​(Çaw Bella). Through clandestine copies, the album reached a wide audience, marking several firsts for the Kurdish community.
In 1993, the group moved to Istanbul, where it joined the Mesopotamia Cultural Center (MKM). Koma Amed continued to make a name for himself as a pioneer of Kurdish group music, and released his second album, Agir û Mirov, in 1995. The members of the group were prevented from performing in Kurdistan, but toured across Turkey and Europe.

Their 1996 tour, sponsored by the Italian Rifondazione Communist Party, marked another historic first, showcasing Kurdish music across many Italian cities. The political spirit of emancipation and resistance infuses their compositions, which also draw on traditional Kurdish music and oral literature.

Their third album, Dergûş (1997), was a major turning point. The album transcended local borders to reach a global audience, thanks to an innovative approach to traditional Kurdish folk music. The impact of Dergûş was such that the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time used the album to highlight the Kurdish presence in Turkey to European Union ministers.

However, political pressure forced many members of the group to seek asylum, dispersing them to various countries.

Chopy and Deza Amed

The other artists performing tonight are Chopy and Deza Amed.

Chopy, born in 1983 in Kirkuk, in the heart of Iraqi Kurdistan, Chopy Fatah (or Çopî in Kurdish) is a renowned contemporary Kurdish singer. In 1988, she migrated with her family to the Netherlands, where she developed a passion for music and singing at a very young age. Her precocious talent allowed her to distinguish herself at school, where she won first prize in a singing competition.

Deza Amed, born in the Kurdish region of Karakoçan in 1982. Deza Amed emigrated to Paris in 1996, where he has resided ever since, proudly representing the Kurdish diaspora. Despite exile, he remains deeply attached to his Kurdish roots while embracing French culture with respect and affection. A committed Kurdish artist, he expresses himself through his works in Zazaki, a Kurdish dialect, to illustrate and defend the values ​​of his people.