Paradoxaal: Aynur

Aynur Doğan is a leading Kurdish singer who uniquely combines traditional Kurdish folk music with Western influences. With her impressive voice and extraordinary musical narrative, she represents the rich musical heritage of her Kurdish cultural roots.

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Her albums are among the best-selling within Kurdish folk albums and have been praised in both Turkish and international media. Aynur has collaborated with renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Maestro Riccardo Muti, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limón, Kinan Azmeh, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the NDR Big Band, integrating a wide range of musical influences into her work.

She is featured in Fatih Akın's remarkable documentaries "Crossing the Bridge / The Sound of Istanbul" and Morgan Neville's "The Music of Strangers", which take audiences on a journey through her musical world. Aynur has been praised not only in music magazines such as Songlines Magazine and Folk Roots, but also in major newspapers such as The Guardian, El Pais and FAZ.

In 2017, Aynur r…

Her albums are among the best-selling within Kurdish folk albums and have been praised in both Turkish and international media. Aynur has collaborated with renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Maestro Riccardo Muti, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limón, Kinan Azmeh, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the NDR Big Band, integrating a wide range of musical influences into her work.

She is featured in Fatih Akın's remarkable documentaries "Crossing the Bridge / The Sound of Istanbul" and Morgan Neville's "The Music of Strangers", which take audiences on a journey through her musical world. Aynur has been praised not only in music magazines such as Songlines Magazine and Folk Roots, but also in major newspapers such as The Guardian, El Pais and FAZ.

In 2017, Aynur received the Master of Mediterranean Music Award from Berklee College of Music MMI in the Mediterranean Women in Action category for her dedication to preserving Kurdish folk-oral traditions and interpreting traditional repertoire in combination with modern Western styles.

Her artistic merits were awarded the 'WOMEX Artist Award' in 2021, praising Aynur for her long-standing commitment to the preservation and renewal of Kurdish and Alevi culture, and her ability to maintain artistic integrity amid political pressures. Through her music, Aynur brings together different generations, connecting the younger generation with deeply rooted Kurdish musical traditions while speaking a contemporary musical language that resonates with a global audience.

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