As today is the anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide, we have a special song from 2 years ago.
Serj Tankian is a Lebanese born, of Armenian descent, singer, songwriter, musician, composer, producer, and political activist who is now based in the USA. He started his public carer with as a member of the band System of a Down and has had solo success since the band went on hiatus. He is also very active in political campaigns concerned with subjects like human rights, genocide, and social justice, having been strongly involved with obtaining recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
100 Years was originally released on the soundtrack for the 2015 film 1915. It is predominantly instrumental piece that provides a somber commemoration to honour the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. It is a haunting piece, made even more chilling by the use of graphic and sensitive archival images from 100 Years ago. The musicians on this piece are: Serj Tankian on vocals; John Psathas on piano; Vardan Grigoryan on duduk; Sofia Labropoulou on kanun; Vagelis Karypis, Petros Kourtis, and Andreas Pappas on daouli; Jeffrey Mallow on guitar; David Alpay on violin; Sokratis Sinopoulos on lyra; and Kostas Theodorakos on vibes, tubular bell, and finger cymbal.
The text of the video says:
This video is dedicated to al those fighting for truth, recognition and justice for the first genocide of the 20th century and all subsequent genocides.
In 1915, at the height of WWI, the government of Ottoman Turkey began the systematic eradication of its Christian population within their borders
By the end of the war, over 1.5 million Armenians, Greeks and Asyrians suffered gruesome annihilation through massacre, hunger, rape and deportation at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in what is now called the first genocide of the 20th century
The government of Turkey refuses to admit that the country’s forefathers systematically commited this planned genocide despite scores of evidence, testimonials, international condemnation and recognition
You can buy 100 Years on iTunes.
WARNING: This video contains graphic images that are not suitable for children
You can follow Serj on his Official Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on his YouTube channel. You can buy his music on iTunes as Serj Tankian, as System Of A Down.