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3 May 2004: Benefit Concert Souls 2004 Raises Awareness

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

systemThis piece was clearly very close to my heart and I think I wouldn’t have been able to have it come out the way it did (or even have it come out at all) had it not been an issue I identified with. I was able to gain direct access to System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian and conduct a personal interview that shed some light on this very important event. For the first time, a world-renown group of Armenians were taking it upon themselves to let their fans and the entire world know exactly what made them who they are. By focusing on the Armenian Genocide and holding a benefit concert for the cause of awareness, they let a lot of people know exactly what it meant to be an Armenian living in today’s world.

New University Newspaper: Benefit Concert Souls 2004 Raises Awareness

Benefit Concert Souls 2004 Raises Awareness
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 26 | May 03 2004

System of a Down took the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on April 24, and made the entire place like their own home. It was as if the band threw this huge event and each band member invited all of their friends, cousins and their friends, parents’ friends and pretty much the entire society living in the diasporas of Southern California.

The members of System of a Down – vocalist and front man Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan, all of Armenian descent – lost family during the Armenian Genocide. The band’s Souls 2004 Benefit Concert was set for April 24, Genocide Commemoration Day, for a reason.

‘The purpose of Souls 2004 is to further raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) in 1915, and help facilitate its formal recognition as a genocide by the federal government,’ Tankian said.

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