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May 7, 2015 Türkçe no responses # , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

İste Benim Zeki Muren! (Here I am, Zeki Muren) A Rare Look To The Life of Iconic Singer

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This year on January, I had the chance to visit the exhibition “İşte Benim Zekim Müren” (Here I am, Zeki Muren) which was held in the Yapı Kredi Cultural Center. I luckily had my camera with me, so I took a couple of photos some of which I share in this post. I was already amazed by this legendary singer’s voice, kindness and neat diction (as well as the rest of the country, he was called the sun of art) but this profound visualization of his life deepened my adoration for him.

I remember that Halil Karaduman, who was the world’s leading “kanuni”, mentioned him as one of the smartest people he ever met in an interview I made with him. He said, “İsmi gibi zeki bir insandı,” i.e., he was smart as the meaning of his name suggests. (Zeki means smart in English). If you are interested you can read the whole interview here.

The exhibition was entitled after one of his biggest hits from the 1980s, “İşte Benim Zekim Müren” (That’s Me, Zeki Müren) Lyrics itself tell a lot about the marked he left in the hearts of millions:

The one who spreads emotions/feelings to songs
the one who faces/survives skein
the one who enters in suffering heart
That is me, Zeki Müren

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November 12, 2008 Interviews no responses # , , , , , , , , ,

Halil Karaduman; one of the world’s leading “kanuni”.

Halil Karaduman; one of the world’s leading “kanuni”.
November 23, 2008, Sunday / Published at Today’s Daily News /By Tuğba Kibar

Halil Karaduman, one of the world’s leading “kanuni” (those who play kanun, or Turkish zither), is known as a fabulous musician of unlimited talents who uses the kanun in a very dynamic way and with a great deal of ability.Having played kanun for decades, the wide range of music he makes has inspired many young kanun players to imitate him and has made the kanun an indispensable instrument in Turkish music and one of the most desired instruments in world music. Sunday’s Zaman interviewed Karaduman, a kanun-playing genius.

November 23, 2008, Sunday / Published at Today’s Daily News

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One of the unique characteristics of Kenan Özten’s signature kanuns is that every piece is made by him and his apprentice Zafer Kibar. 

November 02, 2008, Sunday/ Published at Today’s Daily News

The kanun, an oriental zither, is a music instrument unique to Turkish music and is painstakingly difficult to manufacture as it requires long labor and great expertise, says a veteran kanun-maker. Kenan Özten, one of the finest kanun-makers alive, explained to Sunday’s Zaman that “while the kanun has been a traditional musical instrument in Turkey, we have started to see a great interest lately especially among our youth.”What makes the kanun unique, he said, is the instrument is strung with nylon strings in contrast to a similar instrument that is played in the Alpine countries. Interestingly the bridge does not stand on a wooden soundboard but on a parchment (drum skin), similar to the banjo. This results in a characteristic tone.

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