Şivan Perwer

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Şivan Perwer

Şivan Perwer (born December 23, 1955 in the village of Sori near Viranşehir / Şanlıurfa ; bourgeois Ismail Aygün ) is an important Kurdish singer who lives in Germany today. In his songs, as a modern dengbêj (bard) , he sings about the landscape of Kurdistan , historical themes and traditions as well as the fate of the Kurds in Turkey , Iraq , Syria and Iran .


Perwer studied mathematics . He had his first artistic success in the early 1970s. This time was accompanied by the threat from organs of the Turkish state and the rule of the military. During this time he gave his first public concerts, where he sang in front of 30,000 people. Although it was forbidden, he sang in Kurdish at his concerts, which is why he was arrested. He tried in vain to emigrate to Sweden . In 1976 he came to Germany , where he lived in Cologne and married his wife Gülistan (* 1960 in Vangok near Şanlıurfa ). He also gives concerts here. Her son Serxwebun was born in Germany. In 1983 he again applied for asylum in Sweden because the German authorities did not give his wife a residence permit. By 1991 he had recorded about 25 music tapes. The couple split in 2002.

Perwer often worked with German-speaking Kurdish rappers such as Azad , Bero Bass and Xatar . Gülistan Perwer is also known as a singer. Perwer not only processed traditional motifs in his songs, but also sang about political topics such as socialism, communism, civil war, etc. With his political statements, he also came into conflict with Kurdish organizations and parties. In the song Me Çi Kir from 1991, he criticized that Kurdish parties such as For example, the PKK fought against Turkey but collaborated with Damascus, even though Syria was also suppressing its own Kurds. The PKK then boycotted him. Perwer's relationship with the PKK has been strained over the years. For some time Perwer worked in the Kurdish northern Iraq, where he has good relations with the Kurdish autonomous government.

On November 16, 2013, Perwer returned to Turkey after decades in exile. The Turkish AKP government invited the Iraqi Kurdish leader Masud Barzani , the singer İbrahim Tatlıses and Perwer to Diyarbakır for a socio-political event . Perwer was criticized for this step from some quarters, but there were no protests against him. The AKP government is realigning state Kurdish policy.

Death threats

Ever since Şivan Perwer spoke positively about the government reforms and met with Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç , he has received death threats from the PKK , which calls him a traitor. The Freedom Falcons of Kurdistan (TAK) also threatened Perwer. An online statement by TAK states: " Whatever their names (Perwer, Metiner, Kızılkaya), the Kurdish people do not recognize these snakes and, with all their historical understanding, are aware that betrayal and collaboration do not go unpunished As long as the conscience of the Kurdish people is not eased, traitors and collaborators will not be able to sleep peacefully in their beds. "


  • Govenda Azadixwazan (German Dance of the Freedom Lovers ) (1975)
  • Hevalê Bar Giranim (1976)
  • Herne Pêş (1977)
  • Ey Ferat (1978)
  • Kîne Em (Eng. Who are we?) (1979)
  • Hay Dil (1980)
  • Gelê Min Raven (1981)
  • Agirî (1982)
  • Bilbilo / Ferzê (1983)
  • Dotmam (1985)
  • Lê Dîlberê (1986)
  • Helebçe (1988)
  • Xewna Min / Qasimlo (1991)
  • Zembîlfiroş (1992)
  • Ya Star (1995)
  • Oy Kurdistan Welatê min Kurdistan (1996)
  • Nazê (1996)
  • Heviya Te (1999)
  • Roj û Heyv (German sun and moon ) (2000)
  • Sarê (2001)
  • Helbestên bijartî yên 1 / Kirîvê (2002)
  • Helbestên bijartî yên 2 / Klasîk (2003)
  • Helbestên bijartî yên 3 (2004)
  • Min bêriya te kiriye (Eng. I missed you ) (2004)
  • Diwana Şivan Perwer (2005)
  • Destana Rojava (2011)
  • Şivanname / Gazınd (2013)


  • Abdullah Incekan: Şivan Perwer - Efsaneya Zindî. Istanbul 2012

Individual evidence

  1. Perwer ve Tatlıses: Biz barışa geldik , article of the Turkish Radikal from November 16, 2013
  2. Şivan Perwer'den sert açıklama: Asıl hain PKK'lılar ( Memento from February 16, 2011 in the Internet Archive ), article by the Turkish Zaman from February 15, 2011
  3. PKK'dan Kürt aydınlara tehdit , article in the Turkish Radikal from March 6, 2011
  4. http://www.teyrenkurdistan.com/2011%20aciklamalar.html

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