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Hassan Zirak

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Hassan Zirak or Hesen Zîrek (1921–1972) was a Kurdistani singer and musician known for his recordings of Kurdish folk songs. He was born in Hermêle, a small village around Bukan in Eastern Kurdistan. He showed his talent for singing in his early age. His title Zirek literally in Kurdish means: one who got a clear and pure warbling voice (from the root zire and zirandin); the name Ziryab too shares the same root. In 1953, he left for South Kurdistan and recorded a great number of songs in Kurdish for the Kurdish section of the Baghdad broadcasting station. In 1957, when he returned to Southern Kurdistan for cooperation with music band of the Kurdish radio station in Kermanshah, he recorded many Kurdish songs. Hassan Zirek died from cancer at age 51 in June 26, 1972 and was buried around his native city Bukan, on Nalishkêne mountain one of the most famous mountains of the region which lies close to the city. He is considered as one of the most popular and well known singers in Kurdistan.

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