Müslüm Gürses (1953-2013) is a musical legend in Turkey. With his mélange of arabesk, pop and rock, he became a cult hero in his time – and he still is for a lot of young Turks.
One of his best known songs, and probably one of the most beautiful songs in Turkish, is Nilüfer. There are a trillion Nilüfer covers on YouTube, but for me this version from Tuğba Yurt is one of the best.
Tuğba, born in Belgium, is a true pop diva and has been one of the most successful female singers in Turkey in recent years. She had her big breakthrough in 2014 with Doğukan Manço’s cover of a Sezen Aksu song, Sakin Ol. The video is one of the most viewed on YouTube in Turkey.
Just like quite a few other Turkish pop singers, Tuğba has a past in classical music. She studied at the Uludağ conservatory and played the viola in several orchestras.
Tuğba Yurt regularly posts videos of intimate acoustic sessions on YouTube. I therefore highly recommend following her channel.
Singer and songwriter Nova Norda is one of the most eye-catching newcomers in the Turkish music world. Started playing the piano as a 7-year-old girl, studied music at Boğaziçi University and ended up in a corporate job in the media world.
But two years ago her passion for making music eventually won, and since then Nova Norda has released a series of singles and EPs.
Anyone who happens to use Deezer as their music streaming service is very welcome to follow my “Türkçe” playlist.
More than six hours of hand-picked favourites, Turkish only. With male vocalists, but of course quite a lot of *Kadın Sesler* as well. Such as Selda Bağcan, Yasemin Mori, Sezen Aksu, Göksel, Ceyl’an Ertem, Nil Karaibrahimgil, Melike Şahin, Sena Şener and many others.