The Polat brothers, who live in Şırnak’s (Şırnex) Gündoğdu neighborhood, have formed their own music group, performing Kurdish songs on homemade instruments, reports the Mesopotamia Agency (MA).
Their father’s unemployment led to economic problems, so they created their own musical instruments. The brothers, who are aged between 18 and 22, used buckets and tins as percussion instruments, and sang Kurdish songs and Dengbej, attracting attention both in the city and on social media platforms.
Their performances were were by thousands of people online. The brothers, who attracted attention with their beautiful voices and novel instruments, became a social media phenomenon.
Although the band’s performances of Kurdish music at weddings has led to state investigations, they hope to form a professional group and sing in their mother tongue in the future.
One of the brothers, Fırat Polat, was investigated after he shared Kurdish artist Mahmud Berazî’s song “Nazê Nergîza Hewşê” on social media while he was doing his military service in Adana. After the investigation, he continues to make music in Kurdish with his brothers in Şırnak. He said that making Kurdish music is their childhood dream.
They started music without any instruments, Fırat said. “We needed instruments to make music. But we created our group from nothing. First, we started with the yoghurt bucket and oil cans. Then we went to weddings. We raised some money and than we bought a bağlama. Our dream is to form a professional group and sing our songs”.
Nihat Polat said, “We want to make people happy with Kurdish songs. Our common dream since childhood is to make Kurdish music. We did not have the opportunity to buy musical instruments, but our love of the music has grown and we have not given up”.
Nihat added, “Our current dream is to buy musical instruments for ourselves. When we sing, we feel free. Because we express our own wishes with these songs. Most importantly, making music in our mother tongue makes us happy. We don’t want to leave music. We want to sing and we want to make our dream come true”.