I dedicate this sad song to all my Armenian friends who have lost dear ones in the Armenian Genocide, in 1915, under the Turkish Ottoman regime, a fact that the Turks still staunchly deny. Although some efforts towards reconciliation are on the way, there is still a long way to go. The tragic event is commemorated every year on 24 April.
The tragic sounds that you hear at the beginning of this song are produced by a typically Armenian instrument called ‘duduk’.
The song was composed by Armand Amar. You may find HERE a few biographic details of this fascinating artist.
‘Kaddish’ is the name of a traditional Jewish mourning prayer (see HERE more about it.)
(Thanks to my friend Maria Schafer for this suggestion.)