Halk

    • Kendine İyi Bak
    • Cem Adrian & Ecem Erkek
    • Oy Oy Sevduğum (Bilal Hancı ile Karabesk)
    • Bilal Hancı & Koliva
    • Bitmeyen
    • Cem Erdost İleri
    • Akşam Güneşi (feat. Eylem Kahraman)
    • Alp Erkin Çakmak
    • Gel Ey Seher
    • Kıvanç Erginel
    • Şimdi Nerdesin
    • Emel Taşçıoğlu
    • Değirmen Başında Vurdular Beni
    • Seyfi Yerlikaya & Cihangir Gökdoğan
    • Güzel İzmir (Canlı)
    • İlke Yıldız
    • Çemberimde Gül Oya (Akustik)
    • Emrah Demiralp
    • Bir Gün Bahar Gelecek
    • Ali Rıza Binboğa
    • Bilemedim
    • Kenan Tülek
    • Felek
    • Ekrem Düzgünoğlu
    • Delalım / Diyarbekir Yoluna
    • Servet Devran
    • Hamburg Türküsü
    • Ali Eren Yüksel
    • Suzan Suzi
    • Hasan Güneşdoğdu
    • Benim Öyküm (feat. Lawaz)
    • Hirai Zerdüş
    • Salarha
    • Sefa Çalışkan

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Turkish folk music, or Türk halk müziği, is a universe unto itself. Everything about it is multifaceted—the rhythms, the scales, the styles, even the cultures that contribute to it. All the peoples who occupied the Ottoman territories have had an effect on its musical makeup. Halk is a part of everyday life in Turkey, accompanying all kinds of social events. Dance is an important part of halk too, and there are as many different kinds of dances (hora, zeybek and horan, to name a few) as there are types of songs. One of the most striking things about the music is that one mode, uzun hava, is totally freeform in both structure and rhythm, allowing the performer an incredible level of expression. Halk music can be made with stringed instruments like the saz and the tar, percussion like the darbuka, davul and tef, and wind instruments such as the duduk, zurna and tulum.

Halk history goes back hundreds of years; between 1925 and 1953, a project initiated by President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk catalogued as many Turkish folk songs as possible and wound up with about 10,000. In the ‘60s, in much the same way that traditional folk gave rise to the singer/songwriter movement in America, artists like Neşet Ertaş and Âşık Veysel made the move from old-school halk to a more modern approach driven by original songs. By the following decade, a host of new faces, from Selda Bağcan to Erkan Oğur, had come to prominence, mixing halk traditions with other sounds to create new musical hybrids. That hybridization has increased over time, and these days Turkish folk can be found in everything from the ballads of troubadour Volkan Konak to the exploratory psychedelic rock of the band Baba Zula.