Sezen Aksu was born Fatma Sezen Yıldırım in Sarayköy, Turkey. Her family moved to İzmir when she was 3 years old and she spent her childhood and early youth there. After finishing high school, she began studying at the local agricultural institute, but left college to concentrate on music. Along with her close friend Ajda Pekkan, Aksu is credited with laying the foundations of Turkish pop music in the 1970s. Her sound has also spread across the Balkans and Greece. It was this sound that changed the face of the Eurovision song contest when her protegé Sertab Erener won in 2003. Aksu has also toured in Europe and the U.S to critical appraise.
She has championed a variety of causes, including women's rights, the environment, and educational reform in Turkey.
Ziynet Sali was born on April 29, 1975 and is a Turkish Cypriot pop folk singer who has recently produced music and become famous in Turkey through songs with lyrics in Turkish and Greek. Three years of commitment as well as the effort put into bettering her Greek (which she only had a slight understanding knowledge beforehand) resulted in Ziynet's becoming a regular performer at Zorba Taverna, one of the prominent Greek-themed venues in Istanbul, and also the album Ba-Ba. Since then, she has been elected the Best Female Performer in the TRNC and also made a name in both Turkey and Northern Cyprus through songs that display an interesting blend of lyrics in Turkish and Greek.
Gülşen Bayraktar is a Turkish pop singer. She registered increasing fame following the release of four albums and an image based on her sex-appeal. Her present image comes after the more conservative looks she had adopted during her earlier albums. Gülşen was born on 29 May 1976 in İstanbul. She did her studies in her İstanbul quarter of Şehremini and in the Turkish Classical Music Department of Istanbul Technical University. Her first album, "Be Adam" (O man!) which was released in 1995, gave Gülşen a good debut in Turkey's music world, and her second album, "Erkeksen" (If you are a man), came three years afterwards in 1998. The 2006 album title "Yurtta aşk, cihanda aşk" , a reference to Atatürk's famous phrase, peace in the country, peace in the world was released in June 2006. In the meantime, Gülşen's private life also gets a lot of coverage in the Turkish news media and gossip tabloids.
Mustafa Sandal - Araba
Mustafa Sandal was born on January 11, 1970 in İstanbul. When he started school, his classmates and teachers quickly realized his talents in music. When Musti heard a song, he was immediately able to pick out the different instruments and their melodies throughout the music. He finished high school in Geneva, Switzerland. He then transferred to New Hampshire College in the United States. After graduating, he believed that his own dreams were more important and went back to İstanbul. During this time, Mustafa got involved with writing music with many other songwriters. In a short time, he began to write his own music and wrote songs for famous Turkish singers like Zerrin Özer, Hakan Peker, Yonca Evcimik and Aysegül Aldinç. Mustafa Sandal married singer Emina Jahovic in January 2008.
Tarkan - Dudu
The success of Tarkan in the early 90s was seen by some as a sign of growing admiration for Western music, and the artist's real success came two years later. Collaborating with Turkey's "little sparrow", prominent producer and songwriter Sezen Aksu, Tarkan's highly anticipated second album Aacayipsin (Oh - You're Something Else) sold more than two million copies in Turkey and 750 thousand copies in Europe. Such high European sales were a first-time feat for a Turkish performer. Aksu wrote two songs for the album, the radio friendly "Hepsi Senin Mi?", which was later relicensed as "Şıkıdım" (Shake) for the European market, and a pop-rock song "Şeytan Azapta". "Hepsi Senin Mi?" incorporated shaky Turkish rhythms and lyrics of pure slang and in the video to the song Tarkan danced to the rhythmic melody of the song while displaying a naked chest. This was considered to be bold and daring in the newly opening but still conservative Turkish music industry.
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