What's trending in the world of Armenian culturePhoto credit: Norayr Kasper, "Residues of a Slogan." Fotoistanbul 2015.
'Sona Yar': Bringing this Mshetsi tune back to life Taking a note from the immense global popularity of Armenian-American heavy metal band, System of a Down, Armenia has produced a few artists and bands in the heavy metal genre in recent years. Two such bands are the Vanadzor-based, politically conscious ensembles, Vordan Karmir and Zen.
'Sareri Hovin Mernem': The timeless love ballad If there were any misgivings about Armenian being a language of love and romance, this song should put those doubts to rest. "Sareri Hovin Mernem (Սարերի հովին մեռնեմ)" (“I’ll Die for the Wind of the Mountains”) is just one of those songs that can have you drop whatever you are doing to listen. Every. Single. Time.
'Avlem Tapem Poshin': The perfect song to clean the house to "Avlem Tapem Poshin" (“I’ll sweep and discard the dust”) is perhaps the funniest and most salacious traditional Armenian song we have ever come across. What began as a folk standard has become one of the most popular rabiz songs—in fact, most covers are in the rabiz genre.