Jezayir is a popular song often referred to as a Turkish March.
However it was used by old time Armenians as a song played when taking the bride from her parents' house to the church.
I found out that it's also used by Greeks for the same purpose called "Patinada Tou Gamou".....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgpc4mUsGPE
does anyone have any knowledge on the history of this song. Jezayir means in Arabic "the Islands". It's also the name of Algeria in Turkish. I recall someone on facebook
claiming "The Islands" was a reference to the Greek Islands.
Although a lot of Armenian and Greek songs cross over with each other and Turkish songs in the Constantinople/Smyrna repertoire, I was surprised that a wedding ritualistic song crossed over as I hadn't seen that before.
Just wondering if anyone knows the origin or any information on this melody.
Another thing i was told by an old time musician here in Detroit, that his parents or old timers told him that in the "old country" (Ottoman Empire) the song was used in Turkish government official events with "horses stepping to the rhythm" of the song.