Saturday, May 21, 2005

7th Annual Armenian Music Awards

The 7th Annual Armenian Music Awards were held a few days ago and I totally missed them. Can anyone tell me which of the following singers/groups won for their respective categories?

Best pop retro album: Tpahznt, "Yerevan-Moscow;" Arthur Ispirian, "Asum en Te"; Janette, "Norits Kez Hed"; Hooshere, "Provenance"; Mher Sahakyan, "Khoske Massisi."



Best newcomer: Artin Karapet, "Tears of Passion"; Zulal, "An Armenian a Cappella Folk Trio"; BBR, "Bambir"; Hooshere, "Provenance"; Mihran, "It's My Time."



Best rap and hip-hop album: Mihran, "It's My Time"; Twins, "2Wins"; Tin Tin, "One Night."


Okay, I tease. I don't know anything about Armenian music, and perhaps only slightly more about Armenian culture, despite the fact that Los Angeles is host to one of the largest Armenian communities in the world.

I used to live in Los Feliz (LA neighborhood) and would run into them quite a bit whenever I walked around. What I remember most are the penetrating stares I'd get when I walked past them or in front of their homes. I don't think I ever had someone smile at me. Actually, there was one man who would take his son on long walks around the neighborhood. I'd run into him quite often and we would exchange polite nods or smiles. But for the most part all I got were cold stares. That's how I interpreted them at least. Could be a cultural difference, or perhaps I seemed obnoxious.

Then again, it could be that the older Armenians have the horror of the 1915 genocide that took 1.5 million of their people at the hands of the Turks. I suppose that might be the case. Right after I wrote the last paragraph I googled "Armenian Genocide" and read some heart wrenching stories. I am now feeling shame for muttering "Damn the Armenians" when I was stuck in my car on Franklin Avenue for 40 minutes on April 24th, the much-celebrated Armenian Independence Day. There's a lot of honking and flag-waving and traffic. Lots of traffic. And, come to think of it, some smiles.

For Angelenos, there's a photo exhibit at the Downey Museum of Art called
Traces of Identity: An Insider's View of the L.A. Armenian Community, 2000-2004.

If I can figure out where Downey is, I might go.

Get ready for a post about me not knowing anything about Downey, and then discovering the Downey genocide of 1986. I'm pretty no genocide ever took place in Downey, but I just want to state that I'm totally against genocides.

15 comments:

Pall Mall said...

I grew up with some Armenians and knew of what had happened to them at the hands of the Turks. When I went to Turkey and the subject came up, the majority of Turks deny any sort of genocide. They instead say the number of deaths is greatly exaggerated, and that most of those who did die, died from disease and starvation.

RedLobo said...

I SHOW IT I FINALLY SAW IT. ITS BEEN 2 WEEKS, 1 DAY, 8 HOURS, BUT I FINALLY SAW YOUR COMMERICAL! HAHAHA. I WAS CHILLIN WATCHING TV WHEN SUDDENLY YOU APPEARED BEFORE ME ON THE SCREEN. HURRAY, I FINALLY SAW IT. MY LIFE IS COMPLETE. -okay sorry I have to get back to watching tv. Thats all for now.

Antonio Gramsci said...

I haven't seen it. And I was roundly chastised for calling it a "local" spot.

National Geographic had a great article about Armenia a few months back, so if you're interested in a deeper understanding of "the whole thing," check it out.

James L. said...

Downey...hmmm...Downey??? I think that at some point, you HAVE to drive through it on the 5...and, I think that that's where 80's teen queen Tiffany hails from. (Yes, I hate me too for knowing that.)

James L. said...

OMIGOD!!!! Breaking News!!! Tiffany isn't from Downey......she's from...from.....NORWALK!!!! *gasp* I know, I'm clutching the pearls just as hard as you are. Sorry for the bad info. Oh, and here's her official site in case you have nothing better to do for the next 43 seconds....

James L. said...

One more thing Laura...Coincidentally, I think that this years winner of The 7th Annual Armenian Music Awards for Best Pop Retro Album is actually...(are you ready for it????) TIFFANY! WEEEEEE!!!!! Don't quote me on that though...

Butternut said...

Trivia: System of a Down are Los Angeleno Armenians.

Oh, and a Google for "los angeles armenian music" and this exact post shows up #8. Scary. I better watch what I saw from now on.

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