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Kamkaran

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(Other spellings include: ‏کامکاران‎ / Koma Kamkaran / The Kâmkârs / The Kamkars / Kamkar Ensemble.)

Kamkaran is a musical family of seven brothers and a sister, all from the city of Sanandaj; it is one of the leading musical ensembles in todays Kurdistan as well as Iran. Its repertoire ranges from the vast array of traditional Kurdish and Persian music with its poignant, entrancing melodies and uplifting high energy rhythms to the classical Kurdish and Persian classical music. The repertoire of Kurdish music is richly diverse and deeply-rooted in the ancient history and culture of its proud and passionate people. It speaks of epic tales and wars, romantic love, and recounts ancient myths and stories of national and religious heroes, some of which date back to thousands of years to the time of the ancient Medes (the ancestors of the Kurds).

The group has performed numerous concerts around the world, including their performance at the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring Shirin Ebadi.

The 8 founding members of this famous musiscian-family are (in Kurdish spelling):

* Hoşeng Kamkar - (serperişt û awazçêker)
* Bîjen Kamkar - (yekem dengbêj û jenyara def, dehol, rubab)
* Peşeng Kamkar - (jenyar a sentûr)
* Qeşeng Kamkar - (jenyar a sêtar)
* Erjeng Kamkar - (jenyar a tunbek)
* Erselan Kamkar - (jenyar a berbet, ûd û vîolon)
* Erdeşîr Kamkar - (jenyar a kemançe û qeyçek)
* Erdewan Kamkar - (jenyar a sentûr)

The actuall 14 members are (in english spelling):

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