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Ruhi Su

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Ruhi Su (1912-1985) was a Turkish folk singer and saz virtuoso.


Su was born in Van, an Eastern district of Turkey, but grew up in Adana, in the Southern region of Turkey. He was an Alevi. He started playing violin at the age of ten. In 1936 he graduated from the Teacher’s School of Music, and in 1942 from the Opera Department of State Conservatory in Ankara. Over the following ten years he performed at the State Opera in Ankara as a bass baritone, appearing in operas such as Madame Butterfly, Fidelio, Tosca, and Rigoletto.

He also studied Turkish folk music, and while working at the opera he also made regular radio programmes playing saz and singing folk songs. A politically motivated arrest in 1952 and imprisonment for five years ended his career in the opera. After serving his “sentence for thought”, he dedicated himself to folk music.

While he roamed all over Anatolia from one village to another he started compiling numerous folk songs, and arranged and performed them using western techniques. His western music career formed the basis of his approach to interpreting and performing traditional Turkish music. He argued that the authentic music should not be imitated as it is found locally but rather elabrorated into a national music with the enriching support of the international music, perceiving it as a contemporary of Atahualpa Yupanqui and Pete Seeger.

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  • sonadamyaLan

    arkadaşlar last.fm in kendi bunyesinde sümeyra çakır ın albumu yok. detaylı bilgisi olan warsa paylasım yapabilirse sewnrm..

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • cyft

    evet.. "şeytan canımı alsın" dedi tanrı,, "alsın vallahi çocuklar" ..

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • cerengamze

    tüm şarkılar ruhi su adı ile etiketlenmiş ancak bazı şarkıları bir kadın söylüyor, o kadın sümeyra merak edenler için

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
  • metal_pena

    "Şeytan canımı alsın " dedi tanrı "alsın vallahi çocuklar " Sizleri böyle kötü yönetenler geldiyse benden. Bir de o kara bücürler var, benden geçinen burnum illallah dedi tütsülerinden. Yaşamayı oruca çevirmiş bu softalar. Verdikleri parlak vaazlara gelinceee,... .(Tanrı Baba) Ruhi Su çok babacan söylemiş dinlemelisiniz

    18 Aug 2008 Reply
  • anonymice

    ellerin kabesi var benim kabem insandır.

    16 Aug 2006 Reply

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