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'Leylum': Try not to dance when you hear this

Collectif Medz Bazar

June 14, 2018

Music

By Lilly Torosyan

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'Leylum': Try not to dance when you hear this

French ethno folk band, Collectif Medz Bazar, is comprised of young Armenian, Kurdish, Turkish, French, and American members from Paris. One of their most renowned songs, "Leylum," is based on the popular Sasuntsi wedding dance song, "Mayroke," about a beautiful, black-haired girl named Mariam—“Mayro” in the Sasuntsi dialect.

Genre

Ethno folk; Armenian; Turkish; Kurdish; French

Released

2014

Location

Sasun

Duration

4:29

Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzzxmB6ZsOM

This version introduced the song to a wider audience, with non-Armenians joining in on the fun. Listen below to the album version, with a dual Armenian-Kurdish refrain.

Check out Collectif Medz Bazar’s fun live version, performed at the annual Carpet Festival in the spa town of Dilijan, Armenia.

Liked this? Listen to another version

If you’re looking for an edgier rendition, check out Garik and Sona’s pop rock live concert cover below.

Video

  • "Leylum" by Collectif Medz Bazar (live)

    Video: Rodin Baran YouTube page

  • "Xorotik Mayro" by Garik & Sona (live)

    Video: Garik Papoyan YouTube page

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