Popular semmame clip on YouTube
One of the best features of YouTube, besides the obvious access to clips from around the world, is the comments section. I must admit, ugly sentiments and vile comments can be often be found but more times than not, there are active interesting and informative conversations taking place.
After watching a good chunk of the available Kurdish Halay clips and scouring the commentary for bits of English to further my education on this intriguing dance, I finally decided to ask questions. And I am happy to say, I received answers.
I was told that “semmame” is Kurdish for a small, aromatic melon but it is also a traditional name for Kurdish women. My new YouTube friend also said:
“Another possibility is that in Kurdish tradition, when they love their daughters or young girls, they call them with the names of flowers and fruits. This song is Semmame buka.. buka means little lady.”
My helpful correspondent also suggested the above video. Agire Jiyan is one of the more popular singers of the Kurdish style of music called zer mircan. The dance they are performing is called semmame halayi.
I was also told Armenian Halay is very similar to the Kurdish style. Hopefully, I’ll have more information next week when the correspondent will help translate a website on Kurdish Folk Dances.