Ukulele & Languages

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Turkish version of a Persian poem on ukulele

02 2010

A while ago @Bossarocker challenged me to find more ukulele songs in Turkish, after reading my post featuring Brenda McCrimmon‘s Yagmur yagar tas ustune.

It took a while but I eventually did find a song in Turkish arranged for the ukulele.

Unfortunately, the Turkish ukulele player, Özen Özdemir (ozenozdemir), remains invisible throughout the song.

The song is called Kim Görmüş (Who saw ?). After some research, it seems like the text is a Turkish translation of a poem or Rubáiyát by Omar Khayyám, a Persian poet, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer who lived between the years 1048 and 1131.

For those of you who would like to investigate Turkish and Turkey a bit further, here is a video of Turkish street performers singing for nature (no ukulele).

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  1. Bossarocker on the 3rd of February 2010 @ 12:18

    This is lovely – thanks Armelle! :)

  2. Bossarocker on the 3rd of February 2010 @ 12:23

    I love the second vid of the Turkish street musicians too, even though there’s no uke. Excellent finds, Armelle :)

  3. Armelle Europe on the 3rd of February 2010 @ 18:17

    Bossarocker : Glad you’ve enjoyed. Since you are taking requests at the moment, what about a song in Turkish ? A challenge for a challenge ;)

  4. Bossarocker on the 3rd of February 2010 @ 22:13

    Oooh, how can I resist? Leave it with me, I’ll see what I can do (with my shiny new mic too). You know I don’t actually speak Turkish though? I’m just really lucky that I get to sing amazing songs with The Country & Eastern Band!

  5. Armelle Europe on the 3rd of February 2010 @ 22:35

    Bossarocker : Excellent, glad you take up the challenge !
    It doesn’t matter that you don’t speak Turkish :) Many people sing in languages they don’t speak.
    Just checked the Country and Eastern Band’s YouTube channel
    I’m looking forward to hearing you all ! Will you play the ukulele too ?

  6. Bossarocker on the 4th of February 2010 @ 20:23

    Yes – I’d get the uke in on every song if I had my way! Will let you know when there’s something to see & hear. And thanks for the plug too!

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