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A Few Examples of Urban Folk & Cafe Music from 1960s Istanbul

by Canary Records

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Derived from 45rpm discs on independent labels, this collections includes performances of "traditional" styles played by working musicians on the nightclub and recording scene in Istanbul in the 1960s. Included is an electric performance by the Armenian-language warhorse "Sude Sude" ("It's lies / it's lies / everything is lies...") composed the Istanbul-born Armenian-American comedian and singer Edward Bogosian (see this collection on Canary and the recording of the same tune by the Philadelphian band Arziv who sometimes accompanied him). It is a rare example of the Armenian language recorded in Turkey in the mid/late 20th century. Also, the violin performance by Nazif Girgin (including some obvious skips - sorry about that; you take them as you find them sometimes) is derivative of Roma playing.


released March 26, 2023

Transfers and restorations by Ian Nagoski


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