Humans of Kurdistan
The "Humans Of Kurdistan" project aims to present the cultural diversity of the country. A look at the faces but also the stories that lie behind each of them.

March 12, 2023

“They call me Osman Keminaiy or Osman Hawrami; I was born in 1936 in Kemina village. My whole family, tribe, and clan have a pleasant voice and sing. I’m from the Lihon faction of Hawraman, but I’m known for my singing style and Hawrami songs along with Hawrami Siachaman. I’ve always been interested in singing, but I got into fame when in 1964, my song was aired on Kermanshah Radio. In 1956, recording became available in our area, and they were recording songs. I can’t tell how many songs I have recorded because no one collected them for me, and I’m illiterate. If I was singing seven hours a day, imagine how many songs that would be. However, in 1992 I was poisoned, which sadly silenced my voice forever.”