American rock band System Of A Down, whose members are of Armenian descent, has raised more than $600,000 for the Armenian foundation to support the historic homeland on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, NME wrote on November 12.
It is noted that for the first time in years, all the members of the group – Serge Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odajian and John Dolmayan – came together and explained their position on Karabakh. According to them, they want to draw the world’s attention to the problem of the region and are afraid of “repeating 1915”. (Armenian Genocide. – Ed.).
“We are very grateful for your incredible support to our campaign for the people of Artsakh (another name for Nagorno-Karabakh), as well as for your help in collecting donations of over $600,000 to support it through the Armenian Fund,” the musicians said.
The band members noted that these funds will be used to help refugees and those who suffered during the fighting.
The portal notes that the joint public appearance of Tankian vocalist and drummer Dolmayan has become a rarity, as the musicians have had political contradictions. Dolmayan is known to actively support US President Donald Trump.
On November 7 it was reported that the band System Of A Down reunited and recorded two songs for the first time in 15 years to draw attention to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The conflict in the region between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which disputed the ownership of Karabakh, escalated on September 27. On November 9, with the mediation of Russia, the parties signed a declaration on cessation of hostilities. At present, Russian peacekeepers have arrived in Karabakh and will follow up on the agreements.