About

Suna Alan is a Kurdish/Alevi singer based in London. She was born in the mountainous province of Çewlik (Bingol), an ancient Kurdish and Armenian province in Northern Kurdistan (officially Turkey). Her family moved to Smyrna (Izmir) in her early childhood which meant that much of her formative years were spent surrounded by traditional Kurdish dengbêj (*bard) music and Kurdish-Alevi laments within a rich cosmopolitan cultural environment. Since Ottoman times, Smyrna (Izmir) has indeed embraced a myriad of ethnic and religious communities people such as Kurdish, Greek, Albanian, Circassian, Armenian, Sephardic, Christian, Alevi. This led Suna to incorporate stories from many other ethnic and religious identities in her music. Her musical journey led to London where she has been working with musicians from various nationalities. Although her main focus remains Kurdish folk songs from the four regions of Kurdistan namely Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey, her repertoire also includes Armenian, Greek, Sephardic and Turkish songs.

Suna Alan

Suna Alan

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