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Sezen Aksu


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(1954 – present)

Sezen Aksu (b. 1954) is a pop music singer and songwriter, popular both with a mass audience in Turkey, and with world music fans internationally.

Born Fatma Sezen Yıldırım on the 13 July 1954 in Sarayköy/Denizli, Turkey, she began to study at the local agricultural institute, but gave up her studies to concentrate on music full time. She released her first single, “Haydi Şansım/Gel Bana” (Come on My Luck/Come to Me) in 1975. However, she remained undiscovered until her 1976 single “Olmaz Olsun” reached number one in the Turkish charts. Her first album Serçe (Sparrow) appeared in 1978, which gave her also her nickname.

In the coming years, Aksu also acted in two films and opened a live music club in Istanbul. Her music throughout these years remained conventional, but melodic pop, perhaps best exemplified by “Gülümse” (Smile) of 1991.

In 1995, Aksu branched out with the experimental album Işık Doğudan Yükselir (Light from the East), drawing both on western classical and regional Turkish musical traditions. This album made her known outside Turkey and gave her a devoted world music following across Europe.

She has collaborated with many other musicians, such as Tarkan and Sertab Erener, resulting in continental hits such as “Şımarık”.


Allahaısmarladık (Good Bye) 1977
Serçe (Sparrow) 1978
Sevgilerimle (With Love) 1980
Ağlamak Güzeldir (To Cry is Beautiful) 1981
Firuze 1982
Sen Ağlama (Don’t Cry) 1984
Git (Go) 1986
Sezen Aksu ‘88 1988
Sezen Aksu Söylüyor (Sezen Aksu Sings) 1989
Gülümse (Smile) 1991
Deli Kızın Türküsü (Crazy Girl’s Ballad) 1993
Işık Doğudan Yükselir (Ex Oriente Lux / Light from the East) 1995


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