Discover New Music

Last.fm is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your Last.fm profile Close window

Cem Karaca

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Biography

Cem Karaca (1945-2004) was a prominent Turkish rock musician and one of the most important figures in the Anatolian rock movement.

Karaca was born on 5th April 1945, the only child of İrma Felekyan (Toto Karaca) of Armenian origin and Mehmet İbrahim Karaca of Azeri origin. His first group was called Dynamites, and was a classic rock cover band. Later he joined Jaguars, an Elvis Presley cover band. In 1967, he started to write his own music, forming the band Apaşlar, his first Turkish-language group. In 1969, Karaca and bass-player Serhan Karabay left Apaşlar and started an original Anatolian group called Kardaşlar (Brothers).

In 1972, Karaca joined the group Moğollar (Mongols), and wrote one of his best-known songs, “Namus Belası”. However, Cahit Berkay, the leader of Moğollar, wanted an international name for his band, and he left for France to take the group to another level. Karaca, who wanted to continue his Anatolian beat sound, left Moğollar and started his own band Dervişan (Dervishes) in 1974. Karaca and Dervişan sang poetic and progressive songs.

In the 1970s, Turkey’s image was damaged by political violence between supporters of the left and the right, separatist movements and the rise of Islamism. As the country fell into chaos, the government suspected Cem Karaca of involvement. At times he was accused of treason for being a separatist thinker and a Marxist-Leninist. The Turkish government tried to portray Karaca as a man who was unknowingly writing songs to start a revolution. One politician was quoted as saying, “Karaca is simply calling citizens to a bloody war against the state.” Dervişan was ultimately dissolved at the end of 1977.

Videos

Top Albums

Listening Trend

67,570listeners all time
927,714scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history

Last.fm users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a Last.fm profile

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.
  • ummanturkoglu

    niksar

    2 Jun 3:44pm Reply
  • nihaldbk

    sevda kuşun kanadında

    8 Feb 9:49am Reply
  • Yayar

    Ücretsiz ve limitsiz depolama alanı: http://kutucugum.com/ buna bir bakın!

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • mremes

    Bira, lütfen.

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • PaulaXCIII

    Amazing his songs.

    17 Feb 2014 Reply
  • mitralioz

    strutterf kullanıcısının beyin hücreleri grevde

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • hasanziya

    Anadolu rock, turkish rock, anatolian rock, rock, turkish Hangi sivri zeka etiketlediyse bunu ortaya çıksın çabuk

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Spiral-Circus

    Büyük ozan !

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • kspsml

    koca cem karaca yı yedin yine doymadın mıııı

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • kspsml

    Obur dünya.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SaLLyDa

    beni siz delirttiniz.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • memoqul

    türk rock tarihinin en sağlam sesi..

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • akinap

    böyle güçlü bir ses gelmez bir daha.

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • thawebb

    keske sen de gencken ben de genc olsaydim da seni dinleyebilseydim. senin kadar hic kimse hissiyatima hiab edemedi. yerini kimse alamaz. nur icinde yatasin.

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Skullsucker

    bir salak da cem karaca'yı dandik diye etiketlemiş, peçete terk bunlar

    2 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kara-oy

    @strutterf Gerizekalı Cem Karaca'nın Ramonesla ne alakası var.Özenti misin nesin?

    13 Jul 2011 Reply
  • konsepteuygun

    Mutlaka Yavrum'u mutlaka dinleyin.

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • eskialili

    Bu dünyadan Cem Karaca geçti .Nur içinde yat Baba.

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • BleuCheveluFill

    sevda kuşun kanadında

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • BleuCheveluFill

    Dağ başında rastladım Ak sakallı birisine Bin yıllık bır halıya bin yıldan beri Bağdaş kurmuş bir çınar gibi Sordum ona aşk ne ustam Hayatın sırrı ne Tepeden tırnağa aşığım ben Koskoca bır hayat var önümde Sevda, kuşun kanadında Ürkütürsen tutamazsın Ökse ile sapanla Vurursun da saramazsın Hayat sırrının suyunu Çeşmelerden bulamazsın Ansızın bir deli çaydan İçersin de kanamazsın

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • All 135 shouts

Top Listeners