Assyrian people (also known as Aramaeans, Chaldeans and/or Syriacs) are an ethnic group inhabiting today, parts of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon. In the past century, due to countless persecutions including the Assyrian Genocide, about half of its population has emigrated into the Caucasus, North America, and Western Europe.

Assyrian people are believed to be the inheritors of the ancient Assyro-Babylonian cultures. They have a culture, religion, and language different from that of the modern-day Arabs, Kurds, Persians, and Turks, whom happen to inhabit, what they believe to be, their indigenous land.

Assyrian music is divided into three main periods: the ancient period that is of (Ur, Babylon and Nineveh), the middle period (or tribal and folkloric period) and the modern period.

Within the modern period, Assyrian music holds a special place in the hearts of all Assyrians whether it be at a festival, wedding or any other celebration. The patterns played in Assyrian music on these celebrations are usually found in a 6/8 metre such as the famous Khigga or the Sheikhani.

The main instruments are the Dhol or Davul (pronounced "Dawoola" in Assyrian) & Zurna (a type of Oboe), Tambura (similar to the Bouzouki), Baglama, Çiftelia , Dutar, Saz, Watariyat (which consists of Stringed Instruments) & Solo Leads (usually played on a Musical keyboard).


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