Song of Kurdish-Turkish rapper featured in German textbook

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A song by German rapper Eko Fresh, 38, of Turkish-Kurdish origin, titled “Der Gastarbeiter” (The Guest Worker) is used in a school textbook in Germany.

Eko Fresh, real name Ekrem Bora, was born in Cologne, Germany and has mixed Kurdish-Turkish roots.

While his mother is Kurdish, his father is generally described as Turkish and came to Germany as a political refugee in the 1980s.

He once tweeted that it was half Kurdish and half Turkish, but actually German.

On Facebook, Eko Fresh celebrated the news: “I just heard that the lyrics to my song ‘Der Gastarbeiter’ were used in a textbook. Grandpa, this one’s for you!

His song “The Guestworker” comes from his 2012 album “Ek to the Roots”, which talks about his immigration and family history, and how guest workers had to struggle to earn their money. life in Germany.

Eko Fresh is one of the most popular German rappers with an immigrant background. In his music he deals with social and political topics, such as racism in Germany.

“I think ‘Der Gastarbeiter’ speaks from the point of view of many Germans with an immigrant background. Not only the guest workers, but all those who have come to this country and helped make it the European power that it is now, ”said Polla Garmiany, member of the Kurdish Community of Germany (KGD).

“This year marks the 60th anniversary of the German-Turkish recruiting agreement which allowed Germany to bring young workers to the country to help rebuild it after World War II,” he said. . “The addition of Eko’s song to a textbook is an important step in recognizing the immense economic and cultural contributions of the 26% of Germans with an immigrant background – a fact too often overlooked.”

He also added that he believes that “this step is also important because it adds urban culture to education and helps students better understand poetry and society. Eko’s Kurdish, Turkish and German identity helps a lot to speak to a wide range of students.

Kurdish hip-hop artists in Germany, such as Haftbefehl, Azad, and Xatar, had a great influence on the German hip-hop and rap scene and rose to fame, playing roles in German films and culture.

Read more: New Netflix production sheds light on Kurdish German hip-hop scene and identity

Skylines, a Netflix drama released in September 2019, is the first major Netflix production to spotlight the German Kurdish hip-hop scene.

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