Best Turkish Musicians

Editor's Pick from Turkey: Hande Yener


1. Itri (Turkish Classical Music Composer)
2. Dede Efendi (Turkish Classical Music Composer)
3. Tamburi Cemil Bey (Kemençe and Tanbur Virtuoso)
4. Haci Arif Bey (Turkish Classical Music Composer)

Editor's Pick from Turkey: Tarkan

5. Munir Nurettin Selcuk (Turkish Classical Music Composer, Singer)

Born in Istanbul in 1900, Selçuk was dubbed “the man
who put Turkish music in Western dress”. He established
the idea of the star vocalist in Turkish popular music in a
concert given in Istanbul’s French Theatre in 1930 but was
famous primarily for his recordings, which ranged from
light classical to tango.

6. Sadettin Kaynak (Turkish Classical Music Composer)
7. Asik Veysel (Minstrel)

Aşık Veyshel was born in 1894 in Sivrialan, Sivas province, and died there in 1973. He lost his sight at the age of seven in a smallpox epidemic which killed his two brothers. Contrary to prevalent aşık tradition, he did not have a mystic dream but was taught by local master saz players. In the 1920s and 30s, aşık lost their nomadic status and took on a more institutionalized role: telling the people in the villages about the new Republic, which embodied the social change they had traditionally requested. Veysel was “discovered” at the Aşık festival organized in 1931 in Sivas by the Society for the Preservation of Folk Poetry. He became a national institution, and his songs – mystical contemplations on the human condition – are still sung all over Turkey.

8. Şerif Muhiddin Targan (Oud Virtuoso, Composer)
9. Niyazi Sayın (Ney Virtuoso)
  10. Mesut Cemil (Tambur Virtuoso, Son of Tamburi Cemil Bey)
11. Sukru Tunar (Clarinet Virtuoso)
 12. Yorgo Bacanos (Oud Virtuoso, Brain of Oud)
13. Muharrem Ertas (Turkish Folk Music Singer)
14. Idil Biret (Concert Pianist)
15. Erkan Ogur (Folk, Jazz Musician, Guitar Virtuoso)

Vocalist, guitarist and saz player Oğur grew up in eastern Turkey, where he listened to the local aşık as well as Jimi Hendrix on the radio. He studied ud before building himself a fretless guitar and working in the rock and folk scene. He often works in a duo with divan saz player Ismail Demircioğlu.

16. Cem Karaca (Anatolian Rock Singer)

Karaca has been a leading figure in Turkish and “Anatolian” rock through his work with bands such as Apaşlar, Kardaşlar, Moğollar and Dervidan. His work became progressively more radical throughout the 1970s and he left Turkey in 1979, shortly before the military coup. But he returned in 1987, after a big public display of reconciliation with the liberal-rightist regime of Turgut Özal. Whilst (some would argue) his politics have lost their way, his music has lost none of its jagged intensity and literary intelligence.

17. Zeki Muren (Modern Turkish Classical Music Singer, Sun of Art)

Born in Bursa, Zeki Müren (1931–96) first came to public
attention as an interpreter of the contemporary sanat
through his radio concerts in the early 1950s. His repertoire,
however, also included Turkish versions of tango,
chanson and the songs of Arab singers such as Umm
Kalthum and Farid el-Atrache. His fame was established by
some eighteen musical films and by his live performances
in Istanbul’s gazino clubs, characterized by their elaborate
decor and Müren’s increasingly camp costumery.

18. Mustafa Kandirali (Clarinet Virtuoso)

Gypsy clarinet player toured the USSR
and USA as a band leader in the 1960s, and there had his
formative encounter with jazz. His later improvisations
could be compared to Benny Goodman for virtuosity and
to Charlie Parker for audacity. Kandıralı’s performances
have a quiet radicalism to their melodic invention.

19. Erkin Koray (Innovator Rock Musician)
20. Neset Ertas (Turkish Folk Musician, Son of Muharrem Ertas)
21. Necdet Yasar (Tambur Virtuoso)
22. Bulent Ortacgil (Singer-Songwriter)
23. Fikret Kizilok (Singer-Songwriter) 
24. Neyzen Tevfik (Ney Virtuoso) 
25. Muzeyyen Senar (Turkish Classical Music Singer)
26. Selahattin Pinar (Turkish Classical Music Composer)
27. Sezen Aksu (Turkish Pop Music Composer, Singer)
28. Kani Karaca (Turkish Classical Music Singer)
29. Orhan Gencebay (World Music, Arabesque-Turkish Folk Fusion)

30. Asik Mahsuni Serif (Folk)
31. Safiye Ayla (Turkish Classical Music Singer) 
32. Leyla Gencer (Operatic Soprano, La Diva Turca)
33. Ali Ekber Cicek (Folk Singer, Baglama Virtuoso)
34. Ahmed Adnan Saygun (Classical Music Composer)  
35. Hafiz Burhan (Turkish Classical Music Singer)
36. Mogollar (Anatolian Pop-Rock Band)
37. Baris Manco (Pop-Rock Singer)
38. Ayla Erduran (Violin Virtuoso)
39. Ulvi Cemal Erkin (Classical Music Composer)
40. Cemal Reşit Rey (Classical Music Composer)
41. Udi Nevres Bey (Turkish Classical Composer, Oud Virtuoso)
42. Talip Ozkan (Baglama Virtuoso, Folk Music)
43. Ercüment Batanay (Tambur Virtuoso)
44. Çekiç Ali (Folk Music)
45. Zekai Dede Efendi (Turkish Classical Music Composer)
46. Reşat Aysu (Turkish Classical Music Composer, Oud Virtuoso)
47. Ismail Hakkı Bey (Turkish Classical Music Composer)
48. Cüneyd Orhon (Kamancha Virtuoso)
49. Hüseyin Sadeddin Arel (Turkish Classical Music Composer)
50. Halil Dikmen (Ney Virtuoso)

Editor's Pick from Turkey: Babazula

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    Anonymous said...

    hani replikas?

    VisuaL said...

    hani Tilbe ?

    Graça said...

    Muito Bom.
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    Anonymous said...

    Barış Manço'nun listedeki yeri hiç olmamış. Hele videosunun eklenmemiş olması umuyorum ki sadece bir teknik aksaklıktır veya gözden kaçmıştır.

    Anonymous said...

    Hi there! Since people here seem to be experst in turkish music, could you help me identify a song? I recorded it on my phone from a live band, so the quality is not very good:

    Teşekkür ederim!

    Selcuk Alhan said...

    "to Marcus"

    Metin Ozulku, Eda Ozulku - Seninle Olmak Var Ya

    Anonymous said...

    Thank you Selcuk!!! :-)


    Anonymous said...

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    Anonymous said...

    megastarkan :D

    Anonymous said...

    biri hani Tilbe demiş diğeri hani Replikas demiş mal olduklarını belli etmeseler olmaz

    Anonymous said...

    ahmet kaya'yı bu listeye koyanın ...

    Anonymous said...

    Itri ne lan, ben bu ülkenin vatandaşıyım hayatım boyunca böyle bir müzisyen duymadım. hay listenize sokayım sizin

    bir kereye mahsus said...

    Buhurizade Mustafa Itri Efendi'yi bir numaraya koyduğununz için sizi kutlarım... Itri'yi bilmeyenler, ancak ve ancak cahildir. Araştırsınlar, okusunlar, öğrenirler belki.

    Anonymous said...

    hani Teoman?

    AbuAlLayl said...

    oriental(belly dance) is not Turkish culture.It is pre-islamic arabic culture.

    Anonymous said...

    Dear Selcuk, This site is excellent and your taste in music also.I'll be visiting your site every so often.
    Thank you so very much again~

    Anonymous said...

    lan olm bak bu siteyi kim kurduysa var ya helal olsun lan

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    Anonymous said...

    Hello where I can find a list of the albums of Neşet Ertaş? - also from where I can order?

    Nir Becher said...

    Hello from Israel,
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    Anonymous said...

    Mükemmel bir blog müzik alanında birçok yeni müzik türü ve müzisyen tanıyanıbilceğiniz blog sitesi emeğinize sağlık.Çok teşekkürler

    Anonymous said...

    blog başarılı. elinize sağlık diyorum.

    cem emre said...

    Muhteşem kaynak bir site.. Çok başarılı.. Yalnız Sezen Aksu ve Orhan Gencabay yerine Fazıl say olabilirdi listede diye düşünüyorum.. Tekrar bu dev kaynak için teşekkür ederim..

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    Anonymous said...

    what's editor's pick for turkey?

    Anonymous said...

    Pardon ama birincisi Hande Yener ne alaka editörün tercihi burada ikincisi fazıl sayın olmadıgı bir liste gerçekten eksik bir listedir.

    First of all wtf is Hande Yener she is not a musician not a real one and secondly if Fazil say is not here that means that list is incorrect

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    [Shurangama Sutra]
    [The Diamond Sutra]
    [The Heart Sutra]

    ~oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ~

    /Six samsara /
    /Cause and effect/
    /Engages in introspection sees the nature/
    /Do not beg abhiññā/



    The Twelve Vows of the Medicine Buddha upon attaining Enlightenment, according to the Medicine Buddha Sutra are:
    To illuminate countless realms with his radiance, enabling anyone to become a Buddha just like him.
    To awaken the minds of sentient beings through his light of lapis lazuli.
    To provide the sentient beings with whatever material needs they require.
    To correct heretical views and inspire beings toward the path of the Bodhisattva.
    To help beings follow the Moral Precepts, even if they failed before.
    To heal beings born with deformities, illness or other physical sufferings.
    To help relieve the destitute and the sick.
    To help women who wish to be reborn as men achieve their desired rebirth.
    To help heal mental afflictions and delusions.
    To help the oppressed be free from suffering.
    To relieve those who suffer from terrible hunger and thirst.
    To help clothe those who are destitute and suffering from cold and mosquitoes."

    Anonymous said...

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