The Folk Music of Anjar
Famous Anjarian Zurna Players
"Kbrsli" (Hovaness Kbrslian) & "Topal" (Bedros
The folk music of Anjar is the same as of Musa Dagh. The Anjarians are Musa Daghians and
their traditional musical instruments, the unique Davul
Zurna are Musa Daghian.
Today there are only a handful of traditional musicians in Anjar who play the Musa
Daghian songs on the Davul Zurna skillfully. One of the zurna players in
"Mouhammmad Badr" (Bedros Doudaklian) and the other master is
"Kabaghintz Vaniis" (Hovaness Kabakian). Some skilled davul
players are "Shannakintz Gabbayd" (Krikor Shannakian), and
"Kabitzi Bzdaye" (Antranig Keshishian).
We should also mention the dancers. Some yabanjis, or non-Anjarians,
claim that Anjarians dance like mountain bears dance to the music of the
davul zurna. Well, those who say so
lack the ability to make the necessary moves. "Mouhammad
Mousa" (Movses Doudaklian, pictured
in between the zurna players above) is one of the skilled dancers. He
lives in Anjar. Just ask him. He claims that the sound of the
davul zurna is a healer.
To read more about the instruments jump to the
From Musa Dagh" page.