As well as releasing an album and presenting multiple shows in Turkey and Europe every year since 1987, the band has participated in hundreds of mass protests, street demonstrations, strikes, and factory and university occupations. Band members have faced numerous custody cases, arrests and prohibitions due to the organized-revolutionary-activist nature of the band and the dissenting direction in the content and presentation of their music. Several members of the band were tortured on many occasions and were sentenced to decades of prison time; even the band’s CD’s and cassettes were fired at by security forces. However, all those obstacles could not impede the band’s progress. As well as singing in Turkish, Yorum sings songs in other languages such as Kurdish, Arabic and Circassian, that are spoken in Anatolia. The band participates in the struggle for the right to speak these languages.
Subjects such as anti-fascist and anti-imperialist struggles, prison massacres, destruction caused by natural disasters, imperialist wars, deaths, love, virtue and longing for a free world form the band’s lyrical content. While increasing the complexity and depth of its musical structure through both its inner dynamics and its awareness of the local and global agenda, the band has not deviated from its main direction; in fact it has influenced many new musicians and bands with the “Yorum style”. Yorum has incorporated local instruments such as mey ( a diatonic stringed instrument), baglama ( folk instrument with three double strings), kaval (shepherd’s pipe) as well as many other instruments such as the violin, oboe and guitar. The band grounds its solid rhythm compositions and fluent melodies in the dominant solo and choral vocals. This music, which can be defined as folk-rock, contains timbres reminiscent of local folk songs, Mediterranean melodies, Latin American anthems and rock music.
The band, which has been a pioneer not only with its music but also with its vision, has succeeded in pleasing large audiences every year despite all prohibitions. Its albums are sold in the millions ; articles and books are published about the band; they are called “Prison Singers” and the “Snowplow” by the media. Yorum continues to sing hopeful songs in the name of all the world’s revolutionary music.
1. Siyrilip Gelen (1987)
2. Haziranda Ölmek Zor / Berivan (1988)
3. Türkülerle (1989)
4. Cemo / Gün Gelir (1989)
5. Gel ki Şafaklar Tutuşsun (1990)
6. Yürek Çağrısı (1991)
7. Cesaret (1992)
8. Hiç Durmadan (1993)
9. İleri (1995)
12.Boran Fırtınası (1998)
14.Onbeşinci Yıl Seçmeler (2000)
17.Biz Varız (2003)
19.Yıldızlar Kuşandık (2006)
Grup Yorum — Official website
Edited by Erkan-Yilmaz on 3 Jul 2010, 06:43
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