The Other Hundred

//Photo: Aydın Çetinbostanoğlu

//Photo: Aydın Çetinbostanoğlu

Kerem Alar, a 25 year old Roma musician from Turkey, is one of the 100 men and women all around the world that made it to "The Other Hundred" book.

"The Other Hundred" is a non-profit photo-book project realized by the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT). The book, which can be seen as an alternative to "the top 100" lists prepared regularly by prominent media publications, celebrates the stories of 100 persons from 95 countries. The stories that are mosty ignored by the mainstream media...

And Kerem Alar's story is as such:

"He plays solo at weddings and other events, such as henna nights, where brides prepare for their weddings by decorating themselves with temporary tattoos. 
On such occasions, he can earn around US$100 for a day’s work – good money for a member of the Roma community. The work is irregular, usually occurring only on weekends between May and September. 
When he is not performing, Kerem works in a factory. For many Roma in Turkey jobs are hard to come by. Collecting recyclable materials or being a musician are two common ways of making a living. 
Sometimes Kerem performs by himself. At other events a small group of friends accompanies him playing tambourines, darboukas, and other types of traditional drums. His goals are to make music his main source of income and earn enough to buy a house where he can live with his wife and children."

//Kerem’s younger brother, sahin, though still at school, also wants to be a musician like his brother. (Photo: Aydın Çetinbostanoğlu)


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