The world is a fucked up place, wherever you live. However, there are parts of the world where oppression and injustice are the bread and butter of every single day. Turkey is one of them nowadays, with the crackdown on the media and political opposition growing larger every day. Israel, where I live, is another one, with its complicated and often brutal history. We’ve already told you about NYN‘s upcoming album but the coupling of the newly released video and its subject matter begged another post. Head on over the jump to hear it and read about how it ties in with the frankly atrocious reality of Turkey.
From the words of the man himself, here is the idea and themes behind this excellent track:
For those who don’t know, I’m Turkish. This song is about the sword of oppression that hangs over the heads of the Turkish people who disagree with the authoritarian dictate of the government. In 2013, a peaceful protest by citizens who disagreed with the overbearing regime of the then-prime minister (now president)’s party. The protesters were met with extreme police brutality. The militarized police force and the government killed protesters, arrested journalists who reported on it and censored social media sites that tried to disseminate information that the mainstream media was unable to cover due to the government’s influence. The protests lasted for months, and 11 were killed, over 8000 were injured and over 3000 were arrested. In the end, the protests ended because of the overwhelming force used by the regime, including lethal weapons, tanks, poisonous tear gas and arresting of volunteer medical personnel who tried to offer aid to injured protesters.
I wrote this song to express my solidarity to my fellow Turkish people. And to tell those who wield power in the world that it is not acceptable to use that power to intimidate, injure and silence those who disagree with you. Please take a moment to inform yourself about the plight of the Turkish people here. And whenever there is injustice in the world, remember that information and morale are extremely important for those who are faced with it. Through informing others about the injustice that is going on and lending support to those who are being oppressed, you can make a difference too.
Thanks for hearing me out on this, and I hope you’ll enjoy the music.
I can’t really add anything other than backing everything Noyan says above. Oppression is a daily business for the majority of humanity and the least we can do is be aware of it. Add to that an extremely well written song and a professionally shot play-through video and your hype levels for this album should be nearing critical.