Monday, March 24, 2008
Hovhannes Badalian - the Armenian dengbêj
The meaning of dengbêj in Kurdish is not the same thing as stiranbêj, stiranbêj means singer but dengbêj means something in style with "singer without instrument" or "one man trubadur singer". The common dengbêj song in Kurdish is a sad song about love, life or death.
There are no Armenian dengbêj but there are Armenians singing as Kurdish dengbêj in Kurdish, like Hovhannes Badalian. Hovhannes was, like Karapetê Xaco and Aramê Tîgran, singing in the northern Kurdish dialect Kurmancî.
Badalian was Armenian from Iran and was born in 1924, Hovhannes family fled to Iran during the genocide against the Armenians in the Ottoman empire (Turkey). Unfortunately he passed away in Yerevan, 2001.