While playing several shows in Turkey at the end of February, Israeli Oriental Metal ambassadors ORPHANED LAND received The Friendship and Peace Award from the Turkish government despite the two countries having no diplomatic relations at the moment underlining the fact that music is stronger than any political or religious struggles. Vocalist Kobi Farhi details:
“We always knew that our efforts for peace in the Middle East and between the 3 religions are highly appreciated but we were so surprised that we got contacted by the secretary of Turkey’s Prime Minister’s advisor Mr. Huseyin Tugcu. He contacted our manager in Turkey and we met him in Ankara on February 24th. He gave us an amazing peace award, with the flags of Turkey and Israel as well as the symbols of Judaism and Islam, both carried by a dove of peace (check the photos).
Mr. Tugcu explained that despite the political conflict between the countries his country appreciates ORPHANED LAND as a great friend to Turkey and he wanted also to thank us for donating our Istanbul show income to the victims of the devastating Van earthquake last year.
Our tour in Turkey was amazing, supported by a great audience as always and it is for a good reason that Turkey is always described as ORPHANED LAND‘s second home.
Once again we have proven that music stands above politics, above conflicts, and we ORPHANED LAND, a metal band from Israel are literally the unofficial ambassadors of Israel in the Arab world and Turkey.
Hail Oriental Metal. Peace, Shalom, Salam!”
In related news, Kobi Farhi recently compiled the world’s first “Oriental Metal” compilation which is available now through Century Media Records.
Various Artists – Oriental Metal
1. Orphaned Land – Sapari (04:04)
2. Amaseffer – Slaves For Life (06:43)
3. Arkan – Deus Vult (04:58)
4. Pentagram – Lions In A Cage (06:13)
5. Myrath – Merciless Times (03:25)
6. Almana Shchora – Elohim (03:53)
7. Nervecell – The Taste Of Betrayal (03:39)
8. Khalas – Haz El Adala Mayel (02:47)
9. Nile – Kaffir (06:49)
10. Melechesh – Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin (05:54)
11. Ahl Sina – Fountains Of Muses (03:32)
Total Playing Time: 51:57min
Furthermore, ORPHANED LAND guitarist Yossi Sassi has just released his first solo album “Melting Clocks“. You can order it here: http://www.orphaned-land.com/shop.php
After releasing the much-lauded “The Road To OR-Shalem” DVD in 2011, ORPHANED LAND will now commence working on the successor to 2010’s masterpiece “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR”. So stay tuned for more news soon!
ORPHANED LAND live:
April 20, 2012 – Sao Luis, Maranhao (Brazil) Metal Open Air