Öptum

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Sezen Aksu
original title: Sezen Aksu : Optum

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  • Sezen Aksu is a bona fide superstar in Turkey. In her 36 year career, she has achieved every possible accolade, breaking multiple records and barriers. Turkey's undisputed 'Queen of Pop', Sezen has penned over 500 songs and released 23 albums, officially selling over 20 million copies worldwide and winning some 200 awards in the process. Born to perform, she has played live to over 4 million people in 1,000 concerts across Turkey, Europe, Asia and America. The singer songwriter has also nurtured some of Turkey's biggest talents, including 2003 Eurovision winner Sertab Erener and pop sensation Tarkan. Sezen's songs have been sung by 120 different artists with her biggest international hit Kiss Kiss (Turkish 'Simarik') a number one hit in the UK for Holly Valance and in the USA for Stella Soleil.
    Öptüm ('Kisses'), her World Village label debut, is her 24th release and it is trademark Aksu at her best. Co-produced with her son Mithat Can, the artist's inimitable voice tells the Turkish blues of love and life in songs that fuse together the contemporary sounds of Turkey. From the bouncy ska rhythms of Ayar, to the poppy Arabesque of Aska Sukredim, and the fun Romany beats of Ah Felek Yordun Beni. In the slow and beautiful ballad Sayim, she adapts intimate lyrics about kissing a lover from a poem by renowned writer Turkish Cemal Süreya, which also influenced the name of the album. The singer wanted to convey the same warm feelings a person does when they sign a postcard or birthday card with a kiss. To date Öptüm has sold 100,000 copies in Turkey. The first track Unuttun Mu Beni? has had over 1.7 million hits on YouTube. This new international edition, with extra sleeve notes (in English, French & German), will bring Sezen to the attention of a whole new audience.

    Sezen Aksu's only UK concert is at the Royal Albert Hall on 20th October, promoted by Kazum/Como No. An extensive media plan will support both the album and concert.
    Öptüm will be a Top of the World selection in Songlines.
  • Sezen Aksu

  • “Sezen Aksu, the queen of Turkish contemporary music, has sold more than 20m albums in her 30-year career. She provoked some of the wildest scenes I have ever seen at a foreign-language concert when she made her first appearance here nine years ago, and there will doubtless be a similar reaction when she returns in October. She became a celebrity in the 70s as the first woman in Turkey to record and perform her own material, and she has continued to break taboos, tackling personal and political issues and daring to sing in Kurdish when it was officially banned. Now in her mid-50s, she is still an exceptional singer, as she proves on this, her first international release. She's backed by a guitar band, brass, strings and Turkish instruments for a set that consists largely of love songs, from the pained Vay to the emotional and explicit Sayim. Then there's a powerful lament about fate, and a driving political anthem in which she asks "Which side are you on?" to the backing of rock guitars and jazz-edged horns. Sadly, there are no full translations of her lyrics, but her passionate vocals are enough to justify her celebrity.”
    The Guardian
    Friday 9 September 2011

    “Sezen Aksu is a pop phenomenon in Turkey - a figure of tabloid interest whose albums sell in their millions. In the West she's most famous for her song Kiss Kiss (Simarik, in Turkish), which became a big hit for Holly Valance. Songs such as Balli have that same mischievous but catchy quality. But Aksu is no vapid pop diva, she's vocal about minority rights in Turkey. Öptüm (Kisses) is her 24th album, but her first international release. The best of these love songs are the slower, melancholy ones. Vay and Sayim are gorgeous ballads that show off the lived-in, husky side of her voice. She comes for a rare London performance at the Royal Albert Hall on October 20.”
    The Evening Standard
    4 STARS SIMON BROUGHTON
  • 1 CD - 0h 41mn 51s
    upc/ean. 3149026006621
    ref. 450019
    release date. 2011-09-05