ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – An Iranian Kurdish craftsman has recently taken up creating musical instruments using housekeeping tools and fashioning others to look like those items to honor laborers who clean up public areas.
Based in the Malqarne village which lies on the outskirts of Saqqez in the Kurdistan Province, Atta Qani converts cleaning tools into instruments, such as fiddles or flutes. He also models instruments to look like common household items.
He designed a string instrument, similar to a violin but known locally as a Kamanche, into a broom shape and made a flute, called a Shimshal in Kurdish, out of a dustpan.
“I do this to show appreciation for those people who clean the streets… in the cold of winter and the heat of summer,” Qani told Kurdistan 24.
Qani also plays the instruments, sometimes taking to the streets of his village to perform for locals who gather around him to enjoy the music.
Editing by Nadia Riva