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.