Thursday, 8 March 2012

Selda

Selda Bagcan is an Anatolian folk singer best known outside Turkey for her 1975 LP "Turkulermiz 2", re-released a few years ago on Finders' Keepers as "Selda". It is a classic album that makes good use of the talents of the likes of Turkish psych ensembles Mogollar and Dadaslar, allied to her own great voice.

Selda's other recordings are not that easy to track down over here so you can imagine how delighted I was when, in Trabzon last year, the nice man in the local DVD shop downloaded a load of her albums onto a CD for me for the princely sum of £1 (or thereabouts). As today's small selection shows, she was making great music before and long after "Turkulermiz 2".

"Kalenin Dibinde Tas Ben Olaydim" - Selda Bagcan (1972)

"Dost Merhaba" - Selda Bagcan (1986)

"Bir Besiktas Tramvayi" - Selda Bagcan (1997)

And here are some more Turks.

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