Kâzım Koyuncu (November 7, 1971 in Hopa, Artvin Province, Turkey – June 25, 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey) was a Turkish folk-rock singer, song writer, and activist. He died during treatment for lung cancer in 2005. (The Black sea region of Turkey has seen a dramatic rise in its cancer rates after chernobyl nuclear disaster.)
“By the way;
to the sky that has always been there above our head, to the darkness times of the day, to the storms which blow up sometime, to the seas in which we will be drown someday, to the past days, to the future in which even we do not know what will happen, to the history despite being full of badness, to all of the beauty-faced children who try to change the bad flow of history, to “Don Quijotes”, to thieves of fire, to Ernesto “Çe” Guevara, to roads ,to jouneys, to lovers, to making love ,to the improbabilities that we can only dream , to get warm while feeling cold, to the mothers and fathers who are warmer than anything and to songs which taste all of these,we send our warmth.
We have seen bad things. We have seen wars, massacres, dying and killed children. We have seen people, societies who lost their native languages, cultures and themselves. We have seen burning villages, towns, forests, animals. We have seen poor people, crying mothers and fathers, glue-sniffing children who deliberately run into death.
We also died. But after all, we sang songs on this earth.