On 1st June, the Culture House of European Muslims (KUDEM) hosted an exclusive concert touching soul and mind. The renowned singer and artist Mustafa Doğan Dikmen delighted together with the KUDEM choir the sold-out concert-hall with a fascinating performance. Mr. Dikmen is considered as one of the most important representative of the Turkish-classic and Sufi-music in the world. Together with the KUDEM choir Mr. Dikmen presented selected songs and doxologies.
The KUDEM choir consists of young members of KUDEM. Since the beginning of this year the choir has prepared comprehensively for the concert. The choir members haven been taught in bi-weekly courses in the techniques and subtleties of the Sufi-music by Mr. Dikmen, who is lecturer at the state conservatory for Turkish-classic music at the Technical University of Istanbul (ITÜ) and solo singer and program maker at the state radio channel TRT Istanbul. Prof. Çınar congratulated Mr. Dikmen and the KUDEM choir for their magnificent work and especially Mr. Dikmen for his engagement and contribution during the last months.
The concert attracted music enthusiasts from all over Germany and aroused great interest. All tickets have been sold-out already in the pre-sale stage. Among the guests there were representatives from business, science, politics and culture, such as the re-elected city councilor of the city of Mannheim Ms. Marianne Bade (SPD), who thanked KUDEM for the invitation and made an important observation and statement about the things in common between the religions and cultures, and that these shall be highlighted rather than the differences. Ms. Bade also stated that she has studied the texts which have been sung and that these do not vary much from the Christian texts.
In this sense, KUDEM represents a mystic interpretation of Islam. Through the universal language of arts, culture and science KUDEM wants to contribute to overcome frontiers and to highlight commonalities. The scientific work is done by the IFIS&IZ, Institute for Islamic Studies and Intercultural Cooperation. The overall project of KUDEM and IFIS&IZ is advised and accompanied by Prof. Dr. Hüseyin İlker Çınar (IFIS&IZ, Chairholder for Qu’ran exegesis at the University of Osnabrück).