Music from Turkey provides a synoptic presentation of Turkish music. One can find the traditional music — both folk and classical music — but also popular music influenced by Western, Indian and North African culture. Just like the original release and all other volumes in the series, the music is enriched by a comprehensive booklet with writings by Krister Malm (1973), Dan Lundberg, Viveka Hellström and Fikret Çeşmeli (2016). The booklet covers many topics, from the relation between the Islamic religion and music, urban and rural, folk- and art music. We learn about the typical Turkish instruments and about the many different types of music they create. The booklet also provides in-depth descriptions of each of the 23 tracks on the album. In addition to the Turkisk musik album, Music from Turkey also contains the complete material from another album with the Turkish music group Sameyda (originally released on the Origo label), which was mostly active in Sweden in the 1980’s. Thanks to the producer and recording technician Tomas Gabrielsson, we have been given the opportunity to include this fantastic material.
The band Sameyda
The singer Sevinç Uygur founded the group and was its natural leader. She also gathered the band’s entire repertoire, mostly from the Turkish Radio’s folk music orchestra, a kind of modern versions of traditional folk songs, with strong melodies and rhythms. Many of the lyrics are quite jovial in character, built on rhymes and jingles with love as the main theme. The group’s name is a compound of syllables from the names of various traditional instruments used by Sameyda: the string instrument saz, wind instrument mey and large drum davul. The band members all play several instruments each.
Sameyda consisted of six exceptional Turkish musicians, all residing in Sweden at the time the album Düğün Kına Ve Ask Türküleri was released in 1985.
Ziya Aytekin - mey, tulum, sipsi, zil.
Ahmet Tekbilek - saz, bendir, cura, gayda.
Faik Karagöz - davul, darbouka.
Cengiz Tümer - târ, bağlama.
Sevinç Uygur - vocals.
Mehmet Öncü - Kabak kemane.