Turkish music at its best: Cem Karaca

Turkish music at its best

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Bindik Bir Alamete Gidiyoz Kıyamete

For millions of Turks the musician Cem Karaca, who has died of a heart attack aged 58, was a phenomenon who, for nearly four decades mirrored the transformations of his homeland, displayed resolute unwillingness to accept the dead hand of authority, and embodied aspirations for peace and social justice.

The rock singer – who had a voice of extraordinary forcefulness – became successively a leader of the left, a fugitive from Turkey’s military government in the 1980s, and finally an advocate of coexistence between Turkey’s secularists and Islamists. Through his music he reached out to the people of Anatolia and bridged the gap between them and the musical life of Istanbul’s western-oriented middle classes. –The Guardian

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