Hura (28/08/2015)

Saman Samadi

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This electroacoustic piece was composed based on a few short recordings of Hura sang by Awalaziz Haydari in memory of whom this work was made. Hura is one of the oldest and most primitive vocal forms in the world. It is from the Kurdish regions in western Iran. The word Hura dates back 7000 years during the time of Zoroaster and was taken from the word Ahura. At first, this style of singing was used for religious purposes, however, later on, it was used for romantic themed music. Hura was used for important events such as losing a loved one or praying to Ahura Mazda (the Avestan name for the creator and sole God of Zoroastrianism, the old Persian faith predating Islam.) Iranians also sang Hura to appreciate nature or when they were homesick. The book Avesta says that Hura is the voice for "good deeds, good, good thoughts, and good words". This type of singing is common in Shirvan, Ivan, Ilam, and Kermanshah. The video clips, obtained from The Internet Archive (, were edited and sublated into this video-art by Saman Samadi.
keywordsmultimedia, electroacoustic music, Video art, microtonal music, kurdish music, hura
copyrightSaman Samadi
publisherSamadis' Records
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