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|Aynur (Aynur Doğan)|
Photo by Jean-Baptiste Millot
|Birth name||Aynur Doğan|
|Years active||2002 - present|
|Labels||Kalan Müzik, Sony Music, Harmonia Mundi|
Aynur (born 1975 in Çemişgezek) is a contemporary Kurdish singer and musician of Kurdish ancestry from Turkey. She was born in Çemişgezek, a small mountain town in Dersim Province in Turkey and fled to İstanbul in 1992. She studied music and singing at ASM Music School in İstanbul and released her first album in 2002.
In 2004 she released the album Keçe Kurdan on Kalan Müzik label. The record was banned by a provincial court in Diyarbakır in February 2005 on the grounds that the lyrics contained propaganda for an illegal organization. The court ruling said the album "incites women to take to the hills and promotes division." The ban was lifted later in 2005.
Over the years Aynur has become one of the most well known musicians from Turkey and a representative for the Kurdish people. Her vocal style and her albums are praised not just in Turkish media but also in international media. She is one of the best sellers with her albums among Kurdish folk albums. Aynur's music is based on traditional Kurdish folk songs, many of them at least 300 years old. All her lyrics are about the life and suffering of Kurdish people and Kurdish women especially. Musically she tries to blend Kurdish with Western music, interpreting her traditional repertoire in a modern way. She has collaborations with famous musicians and bands like world-renowned cellist cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limon, Kinan Azmeh, Salman Gambarov, Cemil Qocgiri, Meanwhile she appeared in Fatih Akın’s documentary movie İstanbul Hatırası:Köprüyü Geçmek, Crossing the Bridge:The Sound of Istanbul as a singer and also appeared at documentary film about Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble named The Music of Strangers directed by Morgan Neville in 2015.
''Whenever Aynur takes a melody, she makes it her own, transforming it into something beautiful, and every note, every microtone, every word reaches depth and unparalleled beauty. She is a reason to love live music for centuries" Javier Limón
- Hawniyaz Harmonia Mundi Latitudes, 2016.
- Hevra Sony Music Classical, 2013.
- Rewend Sony Music (Nomad), 2010.
- Keça Kurdan (Kurdish Girl), Kalan Music, 2004.
- Nûpel Kalan Music, 2005.
- Seyir, 2002.
- Jaimey Fisher, Barbara Mennel, Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture, Rodopi, 2010, ISBN 978-90-420-3001-5, p. 357.
- Official Website
- Blues from the Mountains
- Official website
- Blues From the Mountains
- Kurdish voice in a new world, *San Francisco Chronicle, September 17, 2006