Ciwan Haco (born 1957) is a Kurdish singer. He was born in Tirbespî near Qamishli in Syria. His grandfather was originally from Mardin, Turkey. After finishing high school, he left for Germany in order to continue his studies. He studied musicology at the Ruhr University Bochum. He is now residing in Sweden.
At the beginning he did not count with the support of his family due to fact at that time only the lower classes played music. But at 14 he released his first album and with 17 he performed for the first time in front of a larger public. Ciwan Haco is one of the very first Kurdish singers to combine Kurdish folk music with western style pop music, rock, blues and jazz. In 2003 he received permission for a concert in Batman, which was attended by more than 200,000 people. Ciwan Haco is known for his lyrics that are often purposely simple and to which the main recurrent theme is love, with variations around this same theme. The main song from his last album Off (2006), Li hêviya te (Waiting for you) features vocals in both Kurmanci and French language (the latter being sung by a female vocalist).
Similar to other famous Kurdish musicians like Şivan Perwer, Haco sometimes uses poems by famous Kurdish poets such as Cegerxwîn or Qedrîcan in his songs ,. He has also recorded one of the novels of Mehmed Uzun named Destana Egîdekî.
Very popular in the Kurdish diaspora as with the Kurdish people in the Middle East, Ciwan Haco has given concerts in many parts of Europe.
To date he has released 17 albums and a live VCD and DVD
Emîna Emîna (1970)
Gûla Sor (1983)
Girtîyên Azadîyê (1987)
Çaw Bella (1989)
Sî û Sê Gule (1991)
Bilûra Min (1997)
Destana Egîdekî (1998)
Konsera Batmanê (2003) (VCD & DVD)
Na Na (2004)
Felek (2018 - Hamburg)
Ciwan's parents, Sihadet and Ibrahim had twelve children:
Ajamê (died at the age of six) F
Dillberê (has written a lot of Ciwan's famous songs) F
Ajamê (named after their first child. Lives in Sweden) F
Nayîf (Was a part of the Kurdish military organization PKK and lost his life) M
Nûredîn (Lives in Norway) M
Ismahan (Still lives in Syria) F
Ciwan (Lives in Sweden)
Xafshê (Lives in Sweden) F
Zînê (Lives in Sweden) F
Perwin (Currently in Norway) F
Ciwan's father, Ibrahim, had another wife before Sihadet, and together they had two children:
Bahîya (Lives in Sweden) F
Gulhat (Lives in Germany) F
Sihadet and Ibrahim moved to Sweden in 2004. In Syria, it is difficult for the elderly to get help daily, so they moved to Sweden because most of their children live there.
Ciwan lives in Gävle, Sweden. Together with his Icelandic wife, he has two children: Lorin, 7 and Rosa, 5, both girls. His wife has one boy named Árni, 14