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Adir Jan and his Album Leyla : The bridge-Builder, bard

It could have been so different, more banal. Then Adır Jan Tekin would be now a teacher of Latin and Italian, perhaps at a Berlin school. A friend on the side, a dog, recommend payments for a condo. And on the side of the Association work "for the Kurdish cause".

But this path has not taken a Tekin. Because sometimes go astray, are the only right way for people who feel the crushing weight of contradictions. A Kurd and a Gay is a contradiction, for example. Not for Adır Jan Tekin. "I see myself first and foremost as a human being," he says during a conversation in his apartment. But he has to endure constantly get questions about this subject.

And perhaps the reason lies here, which is why Tekin miss six years ago, the course of study in Latin and Italian shortly before the master's job – after a Burnout. "I wish each and every one," he says today, to put it bluntly, while quiet music plays in the Background. At the time, came together a lot as so often: the work of The Association in a Kurdish youth organization grew him over the head, the father died, and also the beloved dog.

He sings mostly in Kurdish or in his mother tongue, Zaza

He had been forced to listen to himself. A voice advised the there him to the music. Since then he performs as a singer, first with the Band Adirjam at the party series "Zembîl" in the Südblock. in Kreuzberg, where Tekin and grew up is born. Eventually, to him who now uses his two first names as a stage name was to become the südblock. too small. Adır Jan joined with "Zembîl" over to the SO36. There is also the release concert of his first album, will be held today, Friday, the "Leyla", is in two weeks. On ten Songs you will hear on a Turkish – they are all in Kurdish, and Zaza, the latter Tekins mother language, which is similar to the Kurdish.

The Singer-Songwriter has numerous models. Be the largest of the Kurdish singer Şivan Perwer is called, "the voice of freedom", and many Kurds are loved, but sometimes also of the PKK supporters as a traitor, insulted and threatened with death, because he met in 2011, with the former Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç in Cologne, Germany. The ACP-politician spoke with Perwer about a possible return to Turkey after 35 years of exile in Germany.

Tekin occurred at the beginning of the noughties years with a folk dance group on several concerts of Perwer. Danced to the son of a teacher and a dental technician has several years of not only Folklore, but with six, seven years, as the only Boy in a belly dance group. As a child, slipped Tekin in roles. On a photo of the four-year-old with a dress and a microphone in Hand. Later, at the Kant-Gymnasium, his teacher can't understand the soft voice of the young people in the choir, and let him sing a solo.

Today, a whole Pantheon of Kurdish folk song singers, in the spirit of soon-to-be 35-Year-old behind him. Including the Dengbeji, Kurdish bards, who get along with almost no instruments. You are something of the cultural memory of the Kurds. The Dengbeji bear singing stories that would otherwise go lost because they were not written down. Known about Mihemed Arif Cizrawi (1912-1989) and Hesene Ciziri. Eyşe Şans songs were banned after the military coup of 1971 in Turkey, the bard, lived for a time in Germany. Rençber Aziz comes from Bingöl in Eastern Anatolia, the home of Tekins family. In addition to these classical models, the Stranbeji, a common Kurdish name for song singer. You can be added to the Adır Jan. But also Turkish music, "is part of me," says the singer, what he's shown earlier in the loved one.

Queer culture around Kottbusser Tor

The Kurdish culture and language are Tekin is very important. In countries such as Turkey, where most Kurds live, they were suppressed for a long time and are at it again. Have an understanding of the Kurdish/zazaische family developed Tekin in the nineties due to travel to Bingöl. At that time, he experienced how Kurds in Eastern Anatolia – he even referred to the area as North Kurdistan – with the repression arranged. For example, if a bus driver changed all of a sudden the music: "in Front of the checkpoint of the military, the Kurdish cassette was quickly replaced by a Turkish," he recalls.

Now Tekin is active in a Kurdish organisation that runs youth groups. This is a world in which he lives. The other is that of the Gay, lesbian, Transgender, and Queers with and without a migration background around the Kottbusser Tor. Tekin is expanding its commitment to Gladt, a Turkish-born Queers, founded the Association. The two worlds come together in Tekin, he builds bridges and can also be found in his music. For example in the piece "Keskesor" on the new Album – the Kurdish word means rainbow. It says: "If only love existed among the people, anywhere in the world." And then: "Let men men love, let women love women." Fast is identified, who is not to blame, that with the universal love works, how Adır Jan would like it: the white man. The namely cut with his language, in dark - and light-skinned people, men and women, the poor and the rich.

"I want to spread love," says Tekin

colored three pieces of all the Songs on "Leyla" Homo erotic. One of the exceptions is "Şengal", dedicated to the from the IS tortured, raped and murdered Jesidinnen. In addition, Tekin covert two pieces, including the Turkish-sung "Ecel elinden" of the mystic Yunus Emre. The rest of the songs written by Tekin.

"I want to spread love," he says. On this ambitious Mission, he accompanied with a long-neck lute, Kurdish Tembur called, or on the smaller Version of the Cura. By E-guitarist Conny Kreuter a slight rock touch to add to that in addition to the more traditional singing. And with the Erbane, in Eastern Anatolia, Iran and Iraq, common drum, gives the percussionist Hogir Göregen the pieces a touch of mysticism. This mix of styles is good for Turkey is not new, but in connection with Tekins texts Leyla, "" something Special – a cross-Berger pioneer performance.
"Leyla" appears on the 15.2. in the case of developing countries. The concert: SO 36, 1.2. 21 PM

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