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| associated_acts = Onno Tunç}}| signature = Sezen Aksu signature.png}}Sezen Aksu ({{IPA-tr|seˈzen ˈaksu}}; born Fatma Sezen Yıldırım; 13 July 1954) is a Turkish pop music phenomenon; singer, songwriter and producer who has sold over 40 million albums worldwide.CD Baby {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20060502142253weblink |date=2006-05-02 }} Her nicknames include the "Queen of Turkish Pop"WEB,weblink 6moons.com - world music: Sezen Aksu "Sarki Söylemek Lazim ", 6moons.com, 22 June 2019, WEB,weblink Sezen Aksu – review, The Guardian, 21 October 2011, and Minik Serçe ("Little Sparrow").Aksu's influence on Turkish pop and world music has continued since her debut in 1975, and has been reinforced by her patronage of and collaboration with many other musicians, including Sertab Erener, Şebnem Ferah, Aşkın Nur Yengi, Hande Yener, and Levent Yüksel.WEB,weblink Qantara.de - Dialogue with the Islamic World, En.qantara.de, 22 June 2019, Her work with Tarkan resulted in continental hits like "Şımarık" and "Şıkıdım" and her collaboration with Goran Bregovic widened her international audience. NPR has named her as one of the "50 Great Voices" of the world.WEB,weblink 50 Great Voices, NPR, 25 May 2019, WEB,weblink Sezen Aksu: The Voice Of Istanbul, NPR, 12 April 2010, 25 May 2019, (File:Sezen Aksu Bust.jpg|thumb|Bust of Sezen Aksu in the Akat Artists' Park)

Biography

Sezen Aksu was born in Sarayköy, Denizli, Turkey. Her family moved to Bergama when she was three years old and she spent her childhood and early youth there. Aksu's parents discouraged her singing because they wanted her to have a steady profession as a doctor or engineer. She used to wait until they left the house and sing on the family's balcony.NEWS, Grant, Neva, Sezen Aksu: The Voice Of Istanbul,weblink 24 May 2011, Morning Edition(50 great voices), 12 April 2010, After finishing high school, she began studying at the local agricultural institute, but left college to concentrate on music.Along with her close friend Ajda Pekkan, Aksu is credited with laying the foundations of Turkish pop music in the 1970s.Aksu's expressive vocal technique, distinctive songwriting, and prolific output were all integral to her success and to the development of a unique Turkish pop sound. Many musicians--for example, Alexander Hacke and several of the artists he interviewed for the documentary (Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul)--have acknowledged Sezen Aksu's broad influence. Her sound has also spread across the BalkansWEB,weblink Goran Bregovic: Welcome to Bregovic, 21 July 2009, The Guardian, and Greece.With the Greek diaspora from Turkey in the seventies, many brought their musical tastes, which included Aksu's music to Greece; the Greek musicians Haris Alexiou and Giorgos Dalaras acknowledge her influence. Aksu has also toured in Europe and the U.S to critical appraise.WEB,weblink Sezen Aksu, 19 June 2002, The Guardian, She has championed a variety of causes, including support for constitutional reform, minority rights, women's rights, the environment, and educational reform in Turkey. Aksu has been married and divorced four times, but kept the name from her second marriage to Ali Engin Aksu, a doctor of geology who currently resides in Canada. She has a son with Sinan Özer, named Mithat Can, who is also a lead vocalist of Pist'on band.

Career

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1975–1983: Early life

Sezen Aksu released her first single, Haydi Şansım/Gel Bana in 1975 under the name of "Sezen Seley".WEB,weblink Biography of Sezen Aksu, October 2008, kimkimdir.net, However, she remained undiscovered until her 1976 singleWEB,weblink Sezen Aksu hakkında, 2008, Sezen Aksu official, Olmaz Olsun/Vurdumduymaz reached number one in the Turkish charts. In 1976, Sezen Aksu won the "Promising Female Artist of the Year" award.WEB,weblink Best of 1976, Birzamanlar.net, Hey (Journal), Hey, 5 May 2015, Her first album was 1978's Serçe, which earned her a famous nickname, first penned by a Turkish journalist.Aksu finally decided to represent Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest in the mid-70s. However, even though she competed in the national finals for the competition three times, with Küçük Bir Aşk Masalı (A Little Love Tale) as a duet with Özdemir Erdoğan, "Heyamola" which was performed as a trio with Coşkun Demir and Ali Kocatepe, and 1945 which was a solo performance, she did not get the chance to represent Turkey abroad. It was to be left to her pupil, Sertab Erener, to win the Eurovision and realise Aksu's dream to push her musical vision further into Europe.

1970s: Career beginnings

In the 80's, Aksu had a relationship with producer Onno Tunç that was both romantic and professional. As a couple they put their signatures to works that broke new ground in Turkish pop music, such as Sen Ağlama, Git, Sezen Aksu'88 and Sezen Aksu Söylüyor. Her music matured in the 90's, when she co-produced her best selling album to-date Gülümse with Tunç. The A-1 track from the album called Hadi Bakalım was a hit in Turkey and Europe, and was published as a single in Germany. It was to be later rediscovered in Europop by singer Loona as Rhythm of the Night. She also began to produce albums for her vocalists, notably producing Aşkın Nur Yengi's debut album Sevgiliye (To a Lover) again with Tunç. She was to repeat her success as a teacher with artists Sertab Erener and Levent Yüksel.

1990s–present

Parting ways with Tunç, in 1995, Aksu branched out with the experimental album Işık Doğudan Yükselir, drawing both on western classical and regional Turkish musical traditions. This album made her name known outside Turkey and gave her a worldwide audience, especially in Europe. In 1996, she released Düş Bahçeleri as a tribute to Tunç, who died that same year tragically when his private plane crashed. In 1997, she released Düğün ve Cenaze, this time collaborating with Goran Bregovic.She returned to her roots with Adı Bende Saklı, which was released in 1998. She began to use experimental sounds and was once again pushing Turkish pop into the future. Aksu continued with this trend with her subsequent albums Deliveren, Şarkı Söylemek Lazım (which also featured former Sparks bassist Martin Gordon as engineer/mixer, who also was bass player on her subsequent European tour), and Yaz Bitmeden between the years 2000–2003. After a two-year hiatus, she returned with Bahane in 2005. That same year she released Kardelen, where all proceeds went to charity, and before the end of 2005 released a Bahane/Remixes double-CD album, which contained the original Bahane album in disc one and the remixes of songs in disc two.File:Sezen Aksu2009 018.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Sezen Aksu's concert at Maltepe UniversityMaltepe UniversityIn 2005, she was featured in Fatih Akın's documentary film "(Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul)" with a performance of the song "İstanbul Hatırası".In 2008, Aksu released her album called Deniz Yıldızı through Starfish Records. In 2009 she released her album Yürüyorum Düş Bahçelerinde. The album contains new original songs as well as some older songs which were composed by Sezen Aksu for other singers, most notably Çakkıdı, Kibir, Yok Ki.File:Nilüfer ile Sezen Aksu 2012.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Nilüfer and Sezen Aksu in a concert in Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre, 2012]]Sezen Aksu is widely known as a successful songwriter, with her most well-known internationally songs being the 1997 song "Şımarık" ("Naughty") and "Şıkıdım" ("Shake") by Turkish singer Tarkan. Şımarık and Şıkıdım were both released in France in 1998 and the rest of the world in 1999, from the compilation album Tarkan, which was released in Europe. In 2010, it was on the "50 Great Sounds" list set by the American NPR radio.WEB,weblink 50 Great Voices, 28 April 2010, NPR,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140701193234weblink">weblink 1 July 2014,

Activism

Aksu is known for her sensitivity to social problems and events. In 2009 she refused to support Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's democratic initiative, and supported the settlement process in Turkey.NEWS,weblink Renowned singer Aksu deplores ongoing bloodshed, calls for end to Kurdish issue, 18 July 2011, Today's Zaman, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20151221083712weblink">weblink 21 December 2015, As a result journalist Hikmet Çetinkaya claimed that Aksu's father was a supporter of the Nur movement.Sezen Aksu'dan Başbakan'a açılım telefonu Sabah newspaperSezen Aksu'dan Erdoğan'a tam destek Haber 7 news While some artists stood behind Aksu, some expressed that Aksu's behavior was unreasonable. In 2012, Aksu wrote the song "Tanrının Gözyaşları" (Tears of God) in memory of soldiers who had died during the Kurdish–Turkish conflict.WEB,weblink Sezen Aksu Şehitler İçin Yazdı..., 7 September 2012, 4 April 2014, Acunn,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160304133439weblink">weblink 4 March 2016, About the young people who participated in the first days of the Gezi Park protests in 2013 she said: "This is the first youth revolution in the world. They have sent an extraordinary message and the people there and those who are coming to the streets are speaking their words with an extraordinary language."WEB,weblink Sezen Aksu'dan Başbakan'a mesaj, 7 June 2013, 4 April 2013, Hürriyet,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150215220116weblink">weblink 15 February 2015, In 2014, she again paid tribute to the young people who took part in the protests with her new single "Yeni ve Yeni Kalanlar".WEB,weblink Sosyal medyadaki tartışmalara yönelik önemli düzeltme…, Sezen Aksu Official Website, 30 August 2014,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150215230610weblink">weblink 15 February 2015, Aksu is keen to fight against issues such as misogyny, illiteracy, discrimination, bullying and homophobia. According to the LGBT magazine, KAOS GL, Sezen Aksu is a major gay icon, with the Turkish LGBT community embracing her as a pop culture representative.NEWS, Gay’ler hangi şarkıcıları sever?, Milliyet, 15 September 2002,weblink 17 July 2014, Semra Kardeşoğlu, She is praised by the LGBT community in TurkeyWEB,weblink Gay’ler hangi şarkıcıları sever?, 17 September 2002, Semra Kardeşoğlu, 6 January 2013, Milliyet,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160306135512weblink">weblink 6 March 2016, and helps other artists who support LGBT people.WEB,weblink 15 January 2016, Sezen Aksu'dan Gezi'ye ve eşcinsellere inadına destek!, metrosfer.com, 10 August 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20141023110136weblink">weblink 23 October 2014, In 2008, Aksu supported LGBT association Lambdaistanbul, which was closed by a court decision based on "the fact that it is contrary to general morality".WEB,weblink Sezen'den Eşcinsellere Destek, 15 July 2008, 4 April 2013, Magazinhaberi, Later at her concerts in 2013, a huge rainbow flag symbolizing the LGBT movement was waved on the stage, in support of the SPOD (Social Policy Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association) and the LGBT society and movement.WEB,weblink 40 yıllık nasihat: Şarkı söylemek lazım, Radikal.com.tr, 22 June 2019,

Discography

Studio albums

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  • 1977: Allahaısmarladık
  • 1978: Serçe (Sparrow)
  • 1980: Sevgilerimle (Sincerely)
  • 1981: AÄŸlamak Güzeldir
  • 1982: Firuze (Turquoise)
  • 1984: Sen AÄŸlama (Don't Cry)
  • 1986: Git (Go)
  • 1988: Sezen Aksu'88
  • 1989: Sezen Aksu Söylüyor (Sezen Aksu Sings)
  • 1991: Gülümse (Smile)
  • 1993: Deli Kızın Türküsü (Crazy Girl's Ballad)
  • 1995: Işık DoÄŸudan Yükselir (Ex Oriente Lux - Light Rises From the East)Simon Broughton, Mark Ellingham, Richard Trillo World Music: Africa, Europe and the Middle East 1858286352 1999 p.410 "The release of this album made headline news in Turkey. Despite the hype, it is an intriguing CD, from the overblown orchestral opening (worked out with Onno Tune), to the intimate and sparse style which characterises all of her recent work."
  • 1996: Düş Bahçeleri (Dream Gardens)
  • 1997: Düğün ve Cenaze (Wedding and Funeral)
  • 1998: Adı Bende Saklı (Its Name Is Hidden In Me)
  • 2000: Deliveren (Crazymaker)
  • 2002: Åžarkı Söylemek Lazım(Gotta Sing)
  • 2003: Yaz Bitmeden (Before The Summer Ends)
  • 2005: Bahane (Excuse)
  • 2005: Kardelen (Snowdrop)
  • 2008: Deniz Yıldızı (Starfish)
  • 2009: Yürüyorum Düş Bahçeleri'nde... (I'm Walking In The Dream Gardens...)
  • 2011: Öptüm (I Kissed)
  • 2017: Biraz Pop Biraz Sezen (A Little Pop A Little Sezen)
  • 2018: Demo
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Remix albums

  • 1992 - Hadi Bakalım (Come On Now)
  • 1993 - Sude
  • 1997 - Cumartesi Türküsü
  • 1998 - Erkekler
  • 1999 - Sarı Odalar
  • 2001 - Remix Maxi Single
  • 2005 - Bahane Remixes (Excuse/Remixes)
  • 2011 - Öptüm Remix
  • 2013 - Kayıp Åžehir
  • 2014 - Yeni ve Yeni Kalanlar
  • 2017 - Biraz Pop Biraz Sezen Remix

45s albums

  • 1975 - Haydi Åžansım / Gel Bana (Come on My Luck/Come to Me)
  • 1976 - Olmaz Olsun / Seni Gidi Vurdum Duymaz (Wish It Never Happened/Insensitive)
  • 1976 - Kusura Bakma / YaÅŸanmamış Yıllar
  • 1977 - Kaybolan Yıllar / Neye Yarar
  • 1977 - Allahaısmarladık / Kaç Yıl Geçti
  • 1978 - Gölge Etme / AÅŸk
  • 1979 - AllahaÅŸkına / Sensiz İçime Sinmiyor
  • 1979 - Ä°lk Gün Gibi / Yalancı
  • 1983 - Heyamola

Filmography

  • Minik Serçe (The Little Sparrow) – (1979)
  • Büyük Yalnızlık (Great Solitude) – (1990)
  • Crossing The Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul – (2005)
  • The Ottoman Republic – (2008)

Musicals

  • Sezen Aksu Aile Gazinosu (Sezen Aksu Family Music Hall) – (1982)
  • Bin Yıl Önce Bin Yıl Sonra (1000 Years Before, 1000 Years Later) – (1986)

Books

  • Eksik Åžiir (First issue: 9 September 2006 - Second issue: 11 May 2007)
  • Eksik Åžiir Ä°kinci Kitap (November 2016)

See also

Notes

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References

External links

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  • {{IMDb name|id=0015574|name=Sezen Aksu}}
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