United States. Puerto Rico. Top Cities View All Destinations. Buenos Aires. Dallas-Fort Worth. Mexico City. Trending Countries. Trending Cities. Our Trips. Travel Map. About Matador Careers Advertise. Our Trips Newsletter Contribute. Sezen Aksu Sezen Aksu has the kind of voice that, when you hear it spilling out onto the street from a cafe radio, you just have to sit down and buy a drink for the sheer pleasure of listening to her sing.
That is, Europe's pop songs hit the Turkish music scene again with Turkish lyrics. But the s were a very important time for third-world countries, as well as for Turkey.
Independence movements were rising all over the world. As people started acting on their demands, a trend in all the underdeveloped countries toward creating their own national music based on their folk music drew attention. In Turkey as well, as the ideology of freedom and populism quickly spread during the years following the coup, we witnessed an increased interest in folk culture among urban intellectuals.
In just this time frame, new alternatives were brought to pop and cover music, which was trying to reform itself. True, the western style pop music was still setting the course. But a pop music created from folk songs, drawing on folk musical sources, came to reflect the national sensibility of the period. The s were a period of just such an effort in Turkish pop music, and though it comprised a relatively small percentage within the whole of Turkish popular music genres, it gave rise to original singers and songs along two different main directions.
During this decade, countless groups and singers played important roles in this musical trend. Another feature of this decade was the recording of popular songs in Turkish by several European singers from Adamo to Marc Aryan. We include a few landmark pieces in the 50 pieces making up this site. For example, we couldn't do without including a classic cover, "Deniz ve Mehtap" The sea and the moon by the famous Izmir-born Dario Morena, who lived in France and died very young.
We also included Berkan's song "Samanyolu" Milky Way which came out in and was possibly the most unforgettable classic of Turkish pop. Another point worth mentioning is that original compositions written in Turkish now became more popular, even though their style was still that of the covers. That is, composition and lyric production had begun to take root. Inevitably, this site includes mostly songs from the 70s, because that was the decade when Turkish pop truly took off. The Turkish cover and Anadolu-pop styles grew more refined.
Now having left the pre-capitalist mode, the pop sector gradually came to hold a larger share in the music industry. During this decade, the uniquely Turkish arabesk was the truly popular genre, and appealed to a broad section of society. But as society became more urbanized, the pop sensibility took serious strides towards becoming one of the pulses of urbanites. The s were a period when immigration from the country to the city gained momentum, and the demands and struggles of society increased.
Within urban culture, which was constantly changing and reinventing itself, Turkish pop music continued in two directions, Turkish-language covers and Anadolu-pop.
During this period, the music began to take serious steps towards becoming a real industry. Along with the emergence of many new and important types of songs and groups within this style, the stars of the s still maintained their course as well. Though Anadolu-pop was represented by a group of old or new singers, a socialist sensibility came to the forefront, and took on an important role in the course of society. Today Aksu is considered to be the matriarch of Turkish pop music.
The genre took a huge dip in popularity with the emergence of Arabesque music. However, with Aksu backing emerging stars such as Sertab and Tarkan in the early s, Turkish pop came back from the brink. As in the s, it again took inspiration from newer styles that had emerged, such as hip hop , heavy metal and reggae.
The fusion of sounds work so well that Turkish pop music does not sound so Westernised like Indonesian or Filipino pop even though it does include global influences such as technological developments from the west, western harmonies grafted onto folk songs, influences from Arabic music and, of course, American-influenced rap and hip-hop from artists such as Erci-E.
In the early 90s, Turkish gangster rap surged in popularity as artists such as Gokturk "G-Force" Sevinc influenced a younger generation newly exposed to Americas "West-Coast" culture.
Gokturk had a string of hits including the 1 single "Istanbul G's" however fell from grace in the mid 90s due to a well publicised falling out with collaborator Erci-E. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Beatles Madonna Elvis Presley.
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