Student Isik Berfin to Perform Turkish Music at Sounds of California Concert

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Monday, April 30, 2018

KOSU-FM (OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Isik Berfin, a 21-year-old student at San Francisco State University, learned how to sing traditional Zaza and Kurdish music from her mother. These songs tell the long history of oppression of minority groups in their native Turkey. Berfin says there's not enough attention to the plight of persecuted people around the world today.

"We're not just telling stories of the past, but we're also trying to spread what's going on right now," she says.

The traditional music is inspiring her to make her own, and to incorporate trap music into her style.