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Zara


Country of origin:

Turkey

Type of music generally:

Mainstream pop and traditional world music

Status:

Most recent release, Özlenenler (2003)

See also:

There are few web resources that I can find, but there are some Real Audio samples with a purchase link here (scroll to bottom of page) and videos at youtube here and here to start with

Comparisons:

Her singing style similar to other singers of traditional Middle Eastern material.

Covers/own material:

Traditional and covers

General comments:

She has a deep, dark voice, and while she's making contemporary versions of Turkish folk music, meaning that she includes contemporary instruments, the overall sound seems quite traditional to me most of the time. The sound is often mournful, sometimes lively, always a little edgy. A very interesting sound. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Any

Recordings:


aventu

Release info:

1999—Ulus Müsik

Availability:

Turkey and on import sites

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of traditional music

Group members:

Zara—vocals

Guest artists:

various

Produced by:

Iskender Ulus

Comments:

Mournful songs to break your heart. It's sad that our only recording of these is a tape that has grown muddy already—and the last song on each side is cut off. Still, worth listening to! (Neile)

boyut

Release info:

2001—Ulus Müzik

Availability:

Turkey, and on import sites

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of traditional music

Group members:

Zara—vocals

Guest artists:

Ismail Soyberk, Emrah Günaydin—bass
Erdinc Senyaylalar—acoustic flamenco guitar, electric guitar
Orhan Sanliel—keyboards
Mehmet Akatay, Cengiz Ercümer, Serdar Erbasi, Ismail Titiz, Can Kokrek—percussion
Hüseyin Somali—hanging drums
Iskender Küserman—tumba
Nevcivan Özel—tar
Fatih Gürgün—fiddle
Hasan Esen—violin
Naci Keskin—Black Sea fiddle
Musta Sayan—viola, violin
Õzer Arkun—cello
Göksel Katal—zither
Hüsnü Süukrü Kabali—clarinet
Rifat Sanliel, Bekir Sararya—accordion
Sezai Kocabiyik—oboe
ERcan Irmak—reed flute, double reed flute
Ertan Tekin—my, balaban
Osman Aktas—shepherd's pipe
Cetin Akdeniz, Ismail Derker, Güray Hafiftas, Ali Osman Ercasi—baglama group
Ali Osman Erkbasi—divan, bass baglama, cura, banjo, electric baglama, cogür
Mozaik Vocal Band—vocals
Erkut Gokgoz—trumpet
Okan Barut—trombone
Ceyhyn Celik—piano
Bilgin Canaz—reed flute

Produced by:

Iskender Ulus

Comments:

A lovely collection of songs, ranging from the most plaintive to lively. Gorgeous hardcover booklet with accompanying VCD. (Neile)

misafir

Release info:

2001—Ulus Müzik

Availability:

Turkey, and on import sites

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of traditional music

Group members:

Zara—vocals

Guest artists:

various

Produced by:

Iskender Ulus

Comments:

While this begins with a lively pop song, the mournful folk tunes quickly appear. Zara's voice is equally powerful singing pop as traditional tunes. This is perhaps my favourite of the three collections of hers we have. (Neile)

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