Erşahin: A wizard on the saxophone, Erşahin moved to New York in his teens to
hone his skills. He developed a love for punk and electronica at the same time.
That resulted in traditional Turkish pieces punctuated by a sweet dance beat. The
Turkish-Swedish musician’s Manhattan club Nublu has been a hotbed of creativity
for budding musicians since its opening in 2002, with the
experimentation-friendly atmosphere paving the way for fusions of Brazilian,
African, and reggae music with improvised jazz.
Sattas released Turkey’s first reggae album in 2012 and went on to become
hugely successful playing in countless festivals and concerts. Without straying
too far from root reggae, the band has played with elements of jazz, ska dub,
classic music, and rock for a sound all their own.
8. Ethnique Punch:
If you thought that Turkey didn’t have a rap scene, then you’ll be quite
surprised to listen to the excellent musical work of this talented rapper from
Eskişehir. Classic Turkish music sampling, bold beats, and intricate rhymes
have made Ethnique Punch one of the standouts in the underground
7. Selda Bağcan: Selda Bağcan is the name who
left her mark in Turkish music in the last 50 years, even more. The legendary
name of Turkish folkloric music appeals to every and each of us from different
generations, ages, and social classes. What’s more, her velvety and enchanting
voice and psychedelic style brought her millions of fans from the world, as
well. She is now in her 70s, but still very energetic!
6. Şebnem Ferah:
Şebnem Ferah is a striking example of one of the leading women figures for
Turkish Rock music. With her dynamic and intensive voice and charismatic image,
she has made millions of fans in Turkey. She is now 48 years old and still
wafts millions behind her songs.
5. Sertab Erener:
Sertab Erener was born on 4 December 1964. She is a prominent Turkish
singer, songwriter, and composer. Further, and apart from her fame, she has one
of the deepest, powerful, and influential voices in Turkey. In 2003, she won
the Eurovision Song Contest and became the first Turkish singer who brought
ever this success to Turkey. Sertab Erener has a coloratura soprano
4. BaBa Zula:
One of the last bands actively representing Turkish psychedelic
rock, Baba Zula’s sound is a truly unique and mesmerizing amalgamation of
diverse elements. Handmade instruments, classic Turkish and Balkan instruments,
electronic characteristics, spectacular costumes, and a profound ability for
improvisation, you’ll have to see Baba Zula live to truly experience their
3. Tarkan: The
most well-known Turkish pop singer in the world, Tarkan is mostly known for his
song ‘Kiss Kiss’. “Dudu” song sold over 1 million units in Russia and received
the best foreign song award. Even today, you can come across the song ‘Kiss
Kiss’ which is played in clubs all over the world.
2. Gaye Su
Akyol: Gaye Su Akyol has already been picked up by the likes of Pitchfork
for her unique sound that mixes Turkish music styles with grunge, rock, and
psychedelia. Part of a music scene that has been undoubtedly revitalized,
Turkish scales, common with traditional instruments such as
the saz or oud, have clearly influenced Akyol’s compositions.
1. Fazıl Say:
Fazıl Say, the pianist who gave concerts all around the world and won numerous
prizes, is the first to come to mind. He runs a concert within the concert,
touching the keys and feeling a lot of emotions. Le Figaro has proved himself as
one of the greatest artists of the 21st century, as a performer, as a composer
and a guest in countless countries on 5 continents, he gives concerts with all
the well-known orchestras and leading directors of America, Europe, and Asia. The
broad repertoire of the artist extends from Bach to the Vienna Classics, to the
contemporary works of romantics and his own compositions.