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Funda Arar

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Funda Arar (b. 1975) is a Turkish pop/rock/folk singer.

Arar was born on 8th April 1975 in Ankara, where she spent her early childhood, later moving to Muğla and Adapazarı. She studied at Istanbul Technical University’s music conservatory, specialising in the mandolin. Her first album, Sevgilerde, came out in 1999 and became a big hit, especially the song “Aysel”. Sevgiliye was released a year later and included hits such as “Seni düşünürüm” and “Cesminaz”, in collaboration with Kıraç.

Alagül and Sevda Yanığı, her third and fourth albums, came out in 2002 and 2003 respectively, followed after a break by Son dans in 2005.

In 2008 she released Rüya, an album of Turkish classical music, in which she sang songs in a variety of makams such as Hicaz, Rast, Hüzzam, Muhayyerkürdî, Uşşak, Kürdîlihicazkâr, and Nihavend. She was accompanied by a master ensemble of Turkish classical music under the directorship of Yaşar Okyay.

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