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Biography

Hafiz Kemal was a Turkish singer and a well known exponent of the tradition of that country. He recorded several 78rpms, some of which can be found today on collections of Gazel music.Gazel is a traditional Turkish form of music that centers around vocal improvisation. Sometimes the voice is accompanied by Turkish flute and/or stringed instruments. But the focus is on the voice. The practice of Gazel was discouraged in Turkey in the mid-20th century, due to its association with nightclubs. It was in danger of dying out. However, there has been a renewed interest in this form of music, leading to a revival in recent years.

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