Turkish Ladies

21/06/2018A Long-Overdue Compilation Of Female Singers From Turkey

In 2015, Polish-born record collector, DJ, music journalist and curator Kornelia Binicewicz moved to Istanbul to explore the works of Turkish female singers. Digging her way through "dusty crates and blurred memories", gaining access to forgotten music archives and old Turkish music labels and publishing stories on the Turkish female music scene, she decided to place her focus on psychedelic pop and rock, arabesk, tavern and traditional/obscure folk styles; the common denominator being their highly infectious, groovy arrangements. 

Released earlier this year via Ladies On Records / Sony Music Turkey, her "Turkish Ladies" compilation marks the very first and, if we may say, long-overdue selection of female music from Turkey from the '70s and '80s, who were a vital part of the scene, but often missing from the missing from the male-dominated narrative. Originally issued on vintage labels the likes of Elenor, Türküola or Şah Plak, Binicewicz features music by better and lesser known female vocalists the likes of Huri Sapan, Handan Kara, Gönül Yazar, Esmeray, Neşe Alkan, Gülden Karaböcek, Gül Sorgun, Ferda Gül and Dilber Doğan (tracklist below), thus shedding a light on an important and increasingly popular era of Turkish music. 

"Sweet melodies and heartbreaking dramas are captured in edgy arrangements and compositions with eccentric synthesizers, mesmerizing arabesque string orchestras, wakawaka funky guitars and narcotizing rhythm sections of darbukas and drum sets [including a] variety of  influences and fusions – from classical Türk Sanat, Argentinian tango, Spanish flamenco, Egyptian classical orchestras, traditional folk songs to worldwide popular disco, psychedelia, funk," the description reads. And so, without further ado, we invite you to rediscover this essential part of Turkish music history. You can listen to a special mix for NTS Radio in the SoundCloud payer above and the compilation snippets here

Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1974 -1988

1          Huri Sapan – Bir Şans Daha Ver     
2          Handan Kara - Aşkım ve Gururum
3          Gönül Yazar - Sen BirYana
4          Esmeray - Ölmeden De Yaşamak
5          Neşe Alkan – Tut KalbimiTut

1          Gülden Karaböcek – Yanıyorum
2          Gül Sorgun - Ara Leyli
3          Ferda Gül – Yar Oy
4          Dilber Doğan – Yıkılla Köyler

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom