Hassan Zirak (1921-1972)
Hassan Zirek, was born in 1921 in Hermila, a small village in the Bookan
region, The Iranian part of Kurdistan. He showed his talent for singing in his early age. Zirek suffered
very much in his life and he was forced to go to exile where he experienced a very hard life, jailed and tortured several
In 1953 left for Kurdistan of Iraq and recorded a great number of songs in Kurdish for Kurdish section of the
Baghdad broadcasting station.
In 1957 when he was 30 returned to Kurdistan of Iran for cooperation with music band
of the Kurdish radio station in Kermanshah city where he recorded many Kurdish songs.
With his own style to Kurdish
songs, he renewed hundreds of Kurdish folk songs. Zirek and his wife Midya Zand had two daughters (Arezoo
& Sakar) who currently live in Tehran, Iran.
Hassan Zirek died from cancer at age 51 in 26 June
1972 and was buried in his native city Bokan. He is still one of the most popular and well known singers in Kurdistan.