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Ali Ekber Çiçek - Turkey: Bektashi Music - Ashik Songs (1996)
World | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 47m32s | 173mb
Label: Unesco/Auvidis | cat. no. D 8069

Quite a virtuoso, mr. Çiçek. He plays the baglama, perhaps better known by its other name, the saz.
Track 2 is all you need to get into a trance. Fantastic playing.

"The Bektashi Order is a branch of Sufism spread across the Anatolia region of Turkey and beyond. Because many of its teachings differ from orthodox Islam, Bektashi was kept secret by its followers. This album reveals Bektashi traditions through the ashiks ("lovers"), traveling poet-musicians who perform in the name of the divine.
Their songs, called nefes ("breaths of inspiration"), are improvisations on the saz lute, revolving around themes of eternity, the ephemeral world, and the love of God. The melodies never overpower the lyrics because the Bektashi believe the strength of the syllables gives life to the music. Through these songs, ashiks promote oral tradition, communal values, and cultural heritage.
Renowned Turkish musician Kudsi Ergüner recorded the album and contributed to the liner notes, which include full English and French translations of each song."


01. Asika Tuzak Gerekmez & Dunya Malina Guvenme [0:06:29.20]
02. Ondort Binyil Gezdim Pervanelikde [0:05:15.09]
03. Aglama Gozlerim Mevlam Kerimdir [0:04:46.08]
04. Yolumuz Girbete Dusdu [0:03:03.44]
05. Sus Aglama Benim Bicare Gonlum [0:04:12.69]
06. Kisi Sevdigini Gonulde Bulsa [0:04:30.38]
07. El Vurup Yaremi Incitme Tabib [0:03:33.30]
08. Husnune Magrurlanma Yusuf-U Kenanmisin [0:02:40.86]
09. Gonul Kalk Gidelim Huseyne Dogru [0:03:53.84]
10. Geldim Su Aleme Islah Edeyim [0:04:08.90]
11. Yucelerden Seyreyled Im Dostun Izini [0:02:33.21]
12. Meydan Saz [0:02:22.69]


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