Kim Kardashian learns more about Armenian music

Gevorg Dabaghyan, Kim Kardashian and Gurgen Dabaghyan

Kim and Khloe Kardashians, together with Kanye West and daughter North West are in Armenia to discover more about their ancestral heritage and to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

On their trip to Armenia, they have met the Prime Minister of Armenia, Hovik Abrahamyan who thanked them for being proud to be Armenian and for preserving the memory of the Armenian Genocide. The sisters, together with Kanye have already visited a number of historic and touristic sites, including the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum, and have travelled to Gyumri to meet some of their relatives.

The Kardashians also made it their agenda to learn more about Armenian music and duduk. Gevorg and Gurgen Dabaghyans were asked to introduce Armenian music to the Kardashians in a private performance, during which Gurgen Dabaghyan performed Horovel and Dle Yaman by Komitas.

They were introduced to the sounds of duduk by Gevorg Dabaghyan who is a crucial figure in preserving and presenting duduk and its heritage. Dabaghyan played a central part in UNESCO’s research and declaration of duduk as an Armenian instrument. Duduk was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008 (originally proclaimed in 2005).

According to Gurgen Dagabhyan, the Kardashians were moved by the music and the performance. After the performance, Gurgen presented the Kardashians with a copy of his concert DVD, together with footage of him on the summit of Mount Ararat holding the Armenian flag. Gevorg Dabaghyan also presented the Kardashians with a copy of his CD and a duduk. Kim Kardashian promised to use elements of Armenian traditional music in her upcoming documentary film.