Folk songs (türküs) have played a prominent role in the making of a Turkish national consciousness. As a cultural link with the past, türküs have bridged the gap between the differentiated and multicultural region of Anatolia and a nationalist project. At the same time, these songs also tell us things about the Ottoman past. In this podcast, we explore the rise of the türkü phenomenon during the early republican era and links between history and music in modern Turkey using an assortment of songs from past and present.
Chris Gratien is a PhD candidate studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)
Elçin Arabacı is a PhD student at Georgetown University studying the urban and social history of the Ottoman Empire (see academia.edu)
Citation: "History and Folk Music in Turkey," Elçin Arabacı and Chris Gratien, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 54 (May 15, 2012) http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2012/05/history-and-folk-music-in-turkey_15.html
|from the short film Son Balo|
Zeki Müren - Katibim
Ahmet Adnan Saygun - Katibim
Vartan Margosian - Dersim Dört Dağ İçinde
Sümeyra Çakır - Yemen Türküsü
Ruhi Su - Yörük Ali Efe
Şevval Sam - Bir Fırtına Tuttu Bizi
Candan Erçetin - İzmir'in Kavakları (Tsatzikis)
Ruhi Su - Ankara'nın Taşına Bak
Cem Karaca - Dağlar Bizimdir
Barış Manço - Genç Osman
Hasan Mutlucan - Yinede Şahlanıyor (Kolbaşı)
Müzeyyen Senar - Aman Ormancı
Yangın Olur Biz Yangına Gideriz
Ruhi Su - Haydar Haydar
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