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Zeki Müren: Sorma Arkadaşım (Don't ask, my friend)

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Uploaded on Oct 24, 2007

Here is a Turkish song, typical of the style of Zeki Müren, one of the greatest Turkish classical singers.
Zeki Müren was born in 1933. In 1944 he moved to Istanbul and attended the Fine Arts Academy. His first single recorded in a studio was a sold-out. He was given "the Golden Record" award for another song of his called "Manolya". His first musical film "Beklenen Sarki" with Ms. Cahide Sonku, the greatest female Turkish film star at the time, received the success it deserved. Zeki Muren made 18 consecutive films with all great success. He always proved that he could be and was successfull in all branches of art including poetry, design, composing.
When he accepted to go on stage in 1954 he knew he had to be special and in appearance in parallel to his skills. Thanks to his earlier education at the Fine Arts Academy he introduced many novelties on stage set-up and instruments used. His next step was to wear new style clothes on stage entirely of his own fashion.
His manner of adressing people and his perfect pronunciation of the Turkish language was superb. That was the reason why he was unparallelled in maintaining dialogues with his audience on stage.
Zeki Müren has made innumerable records and has even a museum dedicated to him, in the house where he finished his life. He has now a legendary status.
He passed away in 1996.
Enjoy this piece of Turkish artistry!

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