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Title:
Rough guide to Turkish café.
Publication Information:
London : World Music Network, p2008.
Physical Description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

"Produced by World Music Network in association with Rough Guides and New Internationalist"--Container.
Contents:
Dile yaman (Knar featuring Tatiana Bostan) -- Ham çökelek (Ger ali) (Orhan Haklamaz) -- Deliveren ; Oh Oh (Sezen Aksu) -- Nihavent oyun havasi (Ensemble Hüseyin Türkmenler) -- Söyleyemem derdimi (Şevval Sam) -- Tulum roman havasi (Ahmet Kusgöz Ve Arkandaslari) -- Kendimi kaybettim (Müslüm Gürsus) -- Bu gala dasli gala (Shimal) -- Deniz dalgasiz olmaz (Cengis Mehdipour) -- Ramize (Deryalar) (Hüsnü Senlendirici & Laco Tayfa) -- Semsiyemin (Brenna MacCrimmon) -- Bulut (Musa Eroglu) -- Keçe kurdan (Kurt Kizi) (Aynur Dogan) -- Mesk havasi (Selim Sesler) -- Everek dagi (Gülay) -- Süpheli ask (Burhan Ocal & the Trakya All Stars feat. Smadj) -- O sensin (Sezen Aksu) -- Kusu kalkmaz (Sultana).
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Summary

Summary

Whether a typical Turkish café has a soundtrack like this is a moot point, but it's a nice idea. The star of this particular show is Sezen Aksu, who merits three tracks (to be fair, one is incredibly brief) as befits her status as the country's leading pop diva. But pop here is an elastic phrase, and she has combined Western ideas and Turkish styles to become a leader in a very Turkish style of music. But this is a disc that mixes the more venerable -- like the Arabic-inflected "Kendimi Kaybettim" or singer Sevval Sam's venture into Turkish classical music -- with newer sounds from Sultana, whose hip-hop, though adventurous by Turkish standards, falls flat when compared against other countries (although it does sound very native, in its favor). The saz of Hüseyin Türkmenler captivates, and Canadian Brenna MacCrimmon shows you don't have to be Turkish to make authentic-sounding music (although she's subsumed herself in the culture). But loveliest of all is the Kurdish song from Aynur Dogan, a piece that proved controversial on its release, with the album banned as seditious. This is a disc that successfully captures many of the facets of today's Turkey, from both sides of the Bosporus. ~ Chris Nickson