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Boomkat Product Review:
Remastered vinyl reissue of an essential album by Turkish folk singer Tülay German.
"Referring to turkish poets and the tradition of aşıks (singer-poets and wandering bards) this album represents unique and modern interpretations of turkish folk songs. Back in the 60s Tülay German shook the turkish music landscape with several 7" records. Most notably her first 7" record "Burçak Tarlası" (1964) is now considered a cornerstone of what was to become the Anadolu Rock/ Pop movement and underlines her rebellious nature and sense of justice. But due to the increasing repression Tülay German and her lifelong partner Erdem Buri decided to leave Turkey a few years later. In fact, an impending prison sentence for Erdem Buri for translating Hegel's "Dialectic and Science of Logic" and. Plekhanov's "Fundamental Problems of Marxism" led the couple to emigrate to France.
In France Tülay German signed a major contract with Philips resulting in many 7" releases sung in french under her french moniker Toulaϊ. Despite the success and recognition she had gained, she decided to quit the contract with Philips and signed to independent label Arion to pursue artistic goals more in line with her origin and temperament. Back to her mother tongue, Tülay German records above mentioned albums for Arion under full artistic freedom, the only full-lengths in her 20+ year career.
Alongside double-bass virtuoso and turkophil François Rabbath, the albums consist of aşık traditionals and intonated poems mainly by Nazım Hikmet. Her passionate voice and the restrained arrangements of François Rabbath turn these centuries old melodies and poems into glowing manifestos for love and justice. The fruitful collaboration of these artists-in-exile adds significantly to the rich heritage of turkish folk music. The self-titled debut, which was awarded with the prestigious "Grand Prix du Disque" of Académie Charles Cros in 1981, is now seeing a vinyl reissue after 40 years. Tülay German ended her musical career in 1987 and after the death of Erdem Buri in 1993 she retired from public life completely, leading a quiet life in Paris where she still lives to this day. In 2021 Tülay German was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Turkey."