Armenian American rock star and activist Serj Tankian has released a song in Armenian in support of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and in protest against Azerbaijan’s aggression.
The passionate acoustic tune by the 48-year-old frontman of the popular System of a Down (SOAD) band called “Artsakh” was inspired by the resilience of Armenian fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh who defended their land against an Azeri offensive in a four-day war in early April.
“These people have lived on those lands for thousands of years. They have struggle but also great beauty written on their foreheads. The whimsical appropriation of land by an empire (Stalin) placed them under Azerbaijan. They have since gained their independence and have lived a prosperous existence for the last 20 or so years,” Tankian said in a statement on the song.
“I do not believe in wars – and ultimately borders – but I deeply believe in self-determination and life without oppression. Therefore, it is time for the world to recognize them as the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).”