One of my favourite Turkish artists on YouTube is Zeynep Bastık. The singer and actress regularly posts videos of intimate acoustic sessions.
Earlier this year, the cover of Ezhel‘s Felaket went viral (59 million views and counting). But this is yesterday’s video, Zeynep’s version of the Mustafa Sandal hit Kalmadı.
Having grown up in an artistic family, it was only to be expected that Istanbul-born Zeynep would study music, dance and theatre. Her musical career started as a singer of the cover band Jackpot in 2010. Following that, Zeynep was a background vocalist for Murat Dalkılıç.
In addition to music, Zeynep also became popular as an actress; recently in the Turkish FOX TV series Yasak Elma (Forbidden Apple), in which she plays the role of İrem.
Zeynep Bastık has built up a loyal fan base that follows her on platforms like Instagram and YouTube. She conquered their hearts with her music, but also with her empathetic personality. In August she donated the proceeds of a concert to the young daughter of Emine Bulut, a woman who had been horribly killed by her ex-husband – a murder that shocked the whole of Turkey.
Anyone who lives in the Netherlands – like me – can listen to and see Zeynep live in the Melkweg Amsterdam on Saturday December 21, 2019.
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.