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Selda Bağcan is one of the most influential artists of the psychedelic scene of Turkey. She started her music career in the 70s. She immediately attained success and started her concerts, mainly in Turkey and Germany. She also starred in traditional Turkish movies known as ‘Yeşilçam movies’.

Because of her political views, she was prevented from producing her music due to the 1980 coup. After that, on 24 July 1984, she was imprisoned due to her political views and statements. Her passport was in the hands of the government so she was not able to perform internationally until 1987. Even though she could not travel, she was honored by Peter Gabriel who played one of her songs at the WOMAD Festival. With the efforts of the WOMAD Foundation, she received her passport and continued with her international concerts. In 1990, with the invitation of Interkultureel Centrum from The Netherlands she performed in many cities in Europe. She also appeared in many movie soundtracks. Her music is political, provocative and familiar.

This song is remixed by Hey! Douglas. Hey! Douglas is an important Turkey based producer who remixes 70s funk, soul and psychedelic songs with a modern touch-up.

Photo:  (Selda Bağcan and the curator, Ada Bayramoğlu)

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About the curator - Ada Bayramoglu

Ada Bayramoglu - Music to Curator

Ada is a high schooler from İstanbul who cannot be seen without her headphones. She is a “support your local” kind of girl who knows all the best places to drink coffee in her hometown. Her subconscious is full of “Turkish Classical Music”, which she has been listening to since she was born.  She likes everlasting conversations with her friends about music and art. If you don’t know where she is just look at the nearest concert hall and she’ll be there.


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