January 5th, 2010

Doga Için Çal

Doga icin cal ! / Divane Asik Gibi

My friend Nimet shared this video with me. I’ve always been a fan of Turkish music and this song is amazing. Each singer comes from a different region in Turkey (i.e. Anatolia, Istanbul, Sinop, etc.).
Each region of Turkey has a very distinct style and may be influenced by the different ethnic groups from the region. One thing that gets lost in people when they talk about “Turks” is that Ottoman society was intensely cosmopolitan. Looking at the different regional names I think of a totally different type of music. The song then becomes like a contemporary mosaic.

Apparently, this is part of an environmental awareness campaign. A much needed effort BTW. The Turkish landscape is simply georgeous, but modernization has really taken a toll on it.

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