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Sezen Aksu

Background information
Birth name Fatma Sezen Yıldırım
Also known as Sezen Aksu
Born July 13, 1954 (1954-07-13) (age 53)
Origin Flag of Turkey Denizli, Turkey
Genre(s) Turkish pop music
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1975–present
Website Official Website

Sezen Aksu (born July 13, 1954) is a Turkish pop music singer, song-writer and producer popular at home and abroad. She has sold over 40 million albums[1]. Her nicknames include the "Queen of Turkish Pop"[2] and Minik Serçe ("Little Sparrow"). If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Turkey. ... Denizli is a city in southwestern Turkey. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... History (Timeline and Samples) Genres: Alternative - Classical - Dance - Folk - Hip hop - Jazz - Military - Ottoman - Opera - Pop - Religious - Rock Music awards Kral - MÃœ-YAP - MGD Charts Powerturk 40 - Kral 20 Annual festivals Istanbul International Music Festival - Istanbul International Jazz Festival - Ankara IMF - Izmir European Jazz Festival - Aspendos International Opera and Ballet... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... History (Timeline and Samples) Genres: Alternative - Classical - Dance - Folk - Hip hop - Jazz - Military - Ottoman - Opera - Pop - Religious - Rock Music awards Kral - MÃœ-YAP - MGD Charts Powerturk 40 - Kral 20 Annual festivals Istanbul International Music Festival - Istanbul International Jazz Festival - Ankara IMF - Izmir European Jazz Festival - Aspendos International Opera and Ballet...


Aksu's influence on Turkish pop and world music has continued since her debut in 1975, and has been reinforced by her patronage of and collaboration with many other musicians, including Sertab Erener, Şebnem Ferah, Aşkın Nur Yengi, Hande Yener, and Levent Yüksel.[3] Her work with Tarkan resulted in continental hits like "Şımarık" and "Şıkıdım," and her collaboration with Goran Bregović widened her international audience. History (Timeline and Samples) Genres: Alternative - Classical - Dance - Folk - Hip hop - Jazz - Military - Ottoman - Opera - Pop - Religious - Rock Music awards Kral - MÃœ-YAP - MGD Charts Powerturk 40 - Kral 20 Annual festivals Istanbul International Music Festival - Istanbul International Jazz Festival - Ankara IMF - Izmir European Jazz Festival - Aspendos International Opera and Ballet... World music is, most generally, all the music in the world. ... Sertab Erener (born December 4, 1964) is a Turkish pop star. ... Åžebnem Ferah (born April 12, 1972 in Yalova) is a Turkish singer and song-writer. ... Hande Yener (born January 12, 1973 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish pop music singer. ... Levent Yüksel (born 21 December 1964) is a pop music singer and composer in Turkey. ... Tarkan TevetoÄŸlu (born October 17, 1972), popularly known as Tarkan, is a successful World Music award-winning pop music singer in Turkey. ... Şımarık (Spoilt) was a 1997 song. ... Şıkıdım (Shake) was originally from Tarkans 1994 album lending its title to the albums name, A-Acayipsin (Hepsi Senin Mi?). It is a Sezen Aksu song, reproduced by Laurent Marimbert and re-mixed by Yves Jaget for the European music market and included in Tarkans... Goran Bregović (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Бреговић) (born March 22, 1950) is a Bosnian musician and one of the most recognizable modern composers of the Balkans. ...

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Biography

Sezen Aksu was born Fatma Sezen Yıldırım in Denizli, 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 to study at the local agricultural institute, but left college to concentrate on her music. Denizli is a city in southwestern Turkey. ... Ä°zmir, historically Smyrna, is the third most populous city of Turkey and the countrys largest port after Ä°stanbul. ...


Along with her close friend Ajda Pekkan, Aksu is credited with laying the foundations of Turkish pop music in the 1970s.[4] Her sound has also spread across the Balkans and Greece.[5] 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.[6] AyÅŸe Ajda Pekkan (born February 12, 1946 in Istanbul) is a very popular Turkish actress and pop music singer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The term Eurovision has several meanings: technically, the Eurovision Network created by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


She has championed a variety of causes, including women's rights, the environment, and Turkish education.[7] Aksu has been married and divorced four times, but kept the name from her first marriage to Ali Engin Aksu, a doctor of geology who currently resides in Canada. She has a son with Sinan Özer.


Career

Sezen Aksu released her first single, Haydi Şansım/Gel Bana (Come on My Luck/Come to Me) in 1975 under the name of Sezen Seley. However, she remained undiscovered until her 1976 single Olmaz Olsun/Vurdumduymaz (Wish It Never Happened/Insensitive) reached number one in the Turkish charts. Her first album was 1978's Serçe (Sparrow), which was to give her the nickname, penned by a Turkish journalist. Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


An Aksu drive finally got Turkey to apply for the Eurovision Song contest in the mid-70s. Ironically however, even though she competed in the national finals for the competition three times - "Küçük Bir Aşk Masalı" (A Little Love Tale) was a duet with Özdemir Erdoğan, "Heyamola" was performed as a trio with Coşkun Demir and Ali Kocatepe and "1945" was her solo performance - none got the chance to represent Turkey abroad. It was to be left to her pupil Erener to win the Eurovision and realise Aksu's dream to push her musical vision further into Europe. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


In the 80's, Aksu had a relationship with producer Onno Tunç that was both romantic and professional. The couple put their signatures to works that broke new ground in Turkish pop music, such as Sen Ağlama (Don't Cry), Git (Go), Sezen Aksu'88 and Sezen Aksu Söylüyor (Sezen Aksu Sings). Her music matured in the 90's, when she co-produced her best selling album to-date Gülümse (Smile) with Tunç. The A-1 track from the album called Hadi Bakalım (Come On Now) was a hit in Turkey and Europe, and was published as a single in Germany. It was to be later rediscovered in Europop by singer Loona as Rhythm of the Night. She also began to produce albums for her vocalists, notably producing Aşkın Nur Yengi's debut album Sevgiliye (To the One I Love) again with Tunç. She was to repeat this successfully with artists Erener and Yüksel. Onno Tunçboyacıyan (Shortly Onno Tunç), born 1948 in Ä°stanbul was a Turkish pop musician of Armenian descent. ... Loona - a female artist who performed the lyrics to DJ Sammys cover of Boys of Summer. ... Olga Souza on the cover of Coronas album Walking On Music 1998 Corona is an Italian musical project that was popular in the dance music scene in mid 90s. ...


Parting ways with Tunç, in 1995, Aksu branched out with the experimental album Işık Doğudan Yükselir (Light Rises From the East), drawing both on western classical and regional Turkish musical traditions. This album made her name outside Turkey and gave her a world music following across Europe. In 1996, she released Düş Bahçeleri (Dream Gardens) as a tribute to Tunç, who died that same year tragically when his private plane crashed. In 1997, she released Düğün ve Cenaze (The Wedding And The Funeral), this time collaborating with Goran Bregović. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Goran Bregović (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Бреговић) (born March 22, 1950) is a Bosnian musician and one of the most recognizable modern composers of the Balkans. ...


She returned to her roots with Adı Bende Saklı (Its Name Is Hidden In Me), which was released in 1998. She began to use experimental sounds and was once again pushing Turkish pop into the future. Aksu continued with this trend with her subsequent albums Deliveren (Crazymaker), Şarkı Söylemek Lazım (Gotta Sing), Yaz Bitmeden (Before The Summer Ends) between the years 2000 - 2003. After a two year hiatus, she returned with Bahane (Excuse) in 2005. That same year she released Kardelen (Snowdrop) where all proceeds went to charity, and before the end of 2005 released a Bahane/Remixes (Excuse/Remixes) double-CD album which contained the original Bahane album in disc one and the remixes of songs in Bahane in disc two. At the end of the year her albums Bahane, Kardelen and the re-released album Şarkı Söylemek Lazım were the three best-selling albums in the country. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2005 she was featured in Fatih Akin's documentary film "Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul" with a performance of the song "Istanbul Hatirasi." Aksu has recently been re-releasing all her old classics digitally remastered and with specially designed new sleeves. After her concert tour in summer 2006, she will record a new album in the USA. Fatih Akın holding the Golden Bear Fatih Akın (August 25, 1973 in Hamburg) is a German film director of Turkish descent. ...


Sezen Aksu will perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London, on 7th October 2007. After Zeki Muren, she is the second Turkish artist to perform at RAH, London.


Discography

This article contains information about all releases by Turkish pop artist Sezen Aksu. ...

Acting/Musicals

  • Sezen Aksu Aile Gazinosu - (Sezen Aksu Family Music Hall) (1982)
  • Bin Yıl Önce Bin Yıl Sonra - (1000 Years Before, 1000 Years Later ) (1986)

References

  • sezen.onlinecosmos.com Sezen Aksu.
  • SezenAksu.Biz Sezen Aksu.
  • Sezen-Aksu.com Sezen-Aksu.com.
  • Sezen.net Sezen.net.
  • Sezen Aksu (June 19, 2002). The Guardian.
  • Songs Must Be Sung (November, 2002). 6 Moons.
  • Sezen Aksu And Her Children (September 15, 2004). DEUTSCHE WELLE.

The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ...

Notes

  1. ^ CD Baby
  2. ^ 6Moons Review
  3. ^ Sezen Aksu and Her Children
  4. ^ Aksu's expressive vocal technique, distinctive songwriting, and prolific output were all integral to her success and to the development of a unique Turkish pop sound. Many musicians--for example, Alexander Hacke and several of the artists he interviewed for the documentary Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul--have acknowledged Sezen Aksu's broad influence.
  5. ^ With the Greek diaspora from Turkey in the seventies, many brought their musical tastes, which included Aksu's music to Greece; the Greek musicians Haris Alexiou and Giorgos Dalaras acknowledge her influence.
  6. ^ Sezen Aksu (June 19, 2002). The Guardian
  7. ^ 6Moons Review

Alexander Hacke (also known as Alexander von Borsig, Alex Hacke, Hacke, born October 11, 1965 in Berlin/Neukölln) is a guitarist, bass-guitar player, singer, experimental / industrial / electronic musician from Germany. ... The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ...

See also

Genres: Alternative - Classical - Dance - Folk - Hip hop - Jazz - Military - Ottoman - Opera - Pop - Religious - Rock Awards Kral MV, MÜ-YAP, MGD Charts Billboard Charts Music Festivals Istanbul International Music Festival, Istanbul International Jazz Festival, Izmir European Jazz Festival, Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival Media Rolling Stone (Türkiye), MTV (T... History (Timeline and Samples) Genres: Alternative - Classical - Dance - Folk - Hip hop - Jazz - Military - Ottoman - Opera - Pop - Religious - Rock Music awards Kral - MÜ-YAP - MGD Charts Powerturk 40 - Kral 20 Annual festivals Istanbul International Music Festival - Istanbul International Jazz Festival - Ankara IMF - Izmir European Jazz Festival - Aspendos International Opera and Ballet... Tarkan Tevetoğlu (born October 17, 1972), popularly known as Tarkan, is a successful World Music award-winning pop music singer in Turkey. ... Sertab Erener (born December 4, 1964) is a Turkish pop star. ...

External links

  • The Official Sezen Aksu Web Site
  • The Sezenciler Fansite
  • Sezen Aksu at the Internet Movie Database
  • sezen.onlinecosmos.com
Persondata
NAME Aksu, Sezen
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Yıldırım, Fatma Sezen
SHORT DESCRIPTION Turkish singer-songwriter.
DATE OF BIRTH July 13, 1954
PLACE OF BIRTH Denizli, Turkey
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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