SEYH BEDREDDIN DESTANI “to be able to sing altogether”
 
21st November 2009, 18:30-23:00 @Hackney Ocean
270 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 1HE
 
1st Half: Orchestral Music and poem reciting
 
2nd Half: Turkish & Kurdish Music Bands
 
First Half
This event will be an epic poem reciting accompanied by a classical music orchestra together with Turkish & Kurdish traditional instruments or you can think that it is a music performance accompanied by an epic poem. Both the music and the poem itself are equally impressive. The music was written by Iskender Ozan Toprak and the poem will be recited by Aysegul Altin and Ozgur Akbaba.
 
The poem, Seyh Bedreddin Destani, was written by Nazim Hikmet, an internationally known Turkish poet who spent 13 years in prison and almost rest of his life in exile due to his socialist views, poems, articles and playwrights.
 
“To live
free and single like a tree
and in fraternity
like a forest;
this longing is ours.”
Nazim Hikmet, 1947 ...
 
Seikh Bedreddin lived 400 years ago in Ottoman Empire time, and he was executed by the authorities as his ideas about Islam was considered as against orthodox Islam and taken as atheism. He was defending that hell and heaven didn’t exist and souls cannot come back to life after death. He was suggesting a society, which produce the goods together and consume together. He was against private property and was defending a communal living.
 
His ideas were spread in Anatolia by himself and his messengers, Borkluce Mustafa and Torlak Kemal. They actually started to build up a communal living in a quite large area in West of Anatolia around Izmir, Aydin, Manisa. They gained followers from Christians, Jewishs as well as Turks and Muslims. They didn`t discriminate any ethnic or religious groups. The common aim was a communal society. They defeated Ottoman Army a few times when they wanted to finish this rioting as they took this movement as a threat to the Empire. Unfortunately they lost the battle when an army of ten thousands was sent by the Emperor whereas they were only ten thousand. 8000 of them were killed during the battle and 2000 were executed after the battle. Their leader in battle, Borkluce Mustafa, didn`t ask for mercy and didn`t deny his ideas and actions and was killed by torture after he was made to watch his 2000 comrades killed in front of his eyes.
 
Later on, Seikh Bedreddin was captured by the Empire’s spies, acting as believers, after he escaped from his exile. He was taken to the Empire’s sheri`a court. He didn’t deny his ideas either and said “ as we are defeated this time, I am ready to sign under all my ideas” and sentenced to be hanged.
He is still a bright figure from our past and our country. He is still inspiring poets, writers, artists and people to fight for freedom and justice.
 
Second Half
Genco will take stage and perform his own musics and protest music in Turkish
Then Cigdem Aslan will sing in Greek (rembetiko) and Turkish, with her band
Aygul Erce sings her own songs in Turkish with an opera-like style
Lastly Denge Siyan, which is a Kurdish & Turkish music band
 
for info and tickets (£15.00)
call 07809 684 324 Ozgur       or     07886 689 131 Aysegul