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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B000E6ESP8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kirmizi Biber - Bendeniz
2. Kalmadi - Mustafa Sandal
3. Buda - Sertab
4. Pis Pisla - Nilgul
5. Dudu (Ozgur Buldum Remix) - Tarkan
6. Sinanay - Gulseren
7. Kusursuzsun (Acoustic Version) - Emrah
8. Ayrilik Gunu - Goksel
9. Oha Falan Oldum Yani - Tugba Ekinci
10. Atiyosun - Nazan Oncel
11. Sanima Inanma - Sezen Aksu

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In 2005, Putamayo's A&R man, Jacob Edgar, traveled to Turkey, a country that straddles Europe and Asia, hung out in its exotic nightclubs, and produced this compilation. If you were expecting to hear some belly-dancing, snake-charming tunes, this CD's 11 tracks will quickly disabuse you of those cliches. These selections exhibit a funky fusion of central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East that also includes rap, hip-hop, electronica, and even suggests Ballywood. Turkey's boy idol Tarkan serves up a spicy fluted-and-strings track on "Dudu," equally matched by Mustafa Sandal's Flamenco-flavored heartthrob number, "Kalmadi," with an evocative stringed instrument called a kanun. The ladies also get their groove on, as evidenced by Sertab Erener's whispery soprano on "Buda" and Nazan Oncel's New York-style rap, "Atiyosun." Turkey is an impressive cultural blend of East and West, and nothing signifies that blend better than its pop music. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

Customer Reviews

The album cover is very appropriate.
Bulut
My Turkish roommate and I listen to this CD repeatedly without getting tired of it.
Susie Kang
The day it came out I rushed to a local music store and picked up a brand new copy.
S. Morgan

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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Charles Curtis on October 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge Turkophile. Just don't get me started, I'll bore you for hours on how amazing Turkey is. Incredible history. Sublime landscapes. Limpid seas. Beautiful weather. Exquisite food. Gracious hospitality. Some of the most beautiful women (and men, I have on good authority) in the world. One of the most poetic and beautiful languages on the planet.

Not to mention incredible music.

Ah, the music.. Until you've been at a traditional peasant wedding on the Aegean, or to a nightclub in Van where the Kurds are breaking it down the Old School Anatolian way with a traditional eight piece band, well.. you just haven't been there. You haven't really heard it. And you can't know what you're missing. No CD will replicate those sort of experiences.

Not even this one. But it comes sort of close. This disk isn't old school like the music I heard the above mentioned places. But it catches some of that same energy and soul (NB: not soul as in Marvin Gaye, but soul as in Mehmet the Conquerer & the Book of Dede Korkut.) It's froth off the top of the rich Turkish pop scene. Music that's a fusion of the traditional with international pop influences.

And contrary to our Turkish friend from Izmir commenting here, I have to say that it does make sense. It's a nice melange of tunes. A taste of modern Turkey. Afyet olsun, as they say. For someone who's never heard anything from Turkey other than maybe Tarkan, this will prove a tasty morsel. BTW, Tarkmeister's a Turkish version of Ricky Martin, only a hundred thousand nintey nine million times as good. He is the only artist with two songs on this mix.

My favorite tune here is Sinanay, a folk cover, with a great irrepressible bass line.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Morgan on May 12, 2006
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I keep an eye on Putumayo's website, so I was aware of this CD long before it was released. Oh, the agony of the wait! The day it came out I rushed to a local music store and picked up a brand new copy.

Many of the performers are veterans of the Turkish music scene like Tarkan, Bendeniz, and, of course, Sezen Aksu. Others are new-comers. My favorites I've listened to over and over. Bendeniz's opening number is one of her catchiest from my listening experience, so the CD get's you grooving from the get-go. Sertab's "Buda" is a funky blend of Turkish traditions and breathy western hip-hop sensibilities. "Sinanay" by Gulseren is a new party-pop version of an older Sezen Aksu song.

One of the grooviest tracks is Nazan Oncel's "Atiyosun" which rolls from her tongue in an infections way that makes the non-Turkish speaker want to understand every word. As always, Sezen Aksu is fabulous. Nothing more needs to be said about that.

I probably own about 40 Putumayo disks.

There are a couple of tracks that don't shine, but none is a complete dud, and the great tracks more than make up for them.

In the short time since this one was released I've definitely listened to it more than any other for their fantastic compilations. Highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bulut on April 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What s a great intro to Turkish music !!

I am an amateur musician who keeps a very close eye on contemporary Turkish music. This is a pop album (by Turkish standards) but unlike pop that we get exposed to in the West, it will be attractive to music lovers with a wide range of taste and age. My 13 year old loves it and so do I. Intoxicating percussion and mystical melodies will put you in a trance. It is upbeat and promotes good mood. It is fresh. It is ethic but worldly. It is progressive but has its roots in ancient musical traditions. It blends acoustic and electronic elements with precision, good taste and balance. This CD has more female voices then male voices and that seems to add a very special feel. The album cover is very appropriate. There is Turkish music out there that represents many alternative genres however I can't imagine anyone being disappointed by this selection. The artists in Turkey are struggling to survive in an environment where many people still choose to buy bootlegged copes of CDs. Buy the original CD !!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on July 2, 2007
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"Turkish Groove" is a tantalizing taste of Turkey;like Edmund in "The Lion,the Witch,and the Wardrobe" one listens to the Turkish Delight and wants more. It's sweet, savory, and from its opening song, it's an amazing journey into the exotic locales of Istanbul and Topkapi. It's a compilation that avoids the bellydancer&harem cliches.

It begins with Bendeniz's rousing "Kirmizi Biber",a catchy song in which a woman complains about her lover's neglect. Mustafa Sandal's "Kalmadi" and Gulseren's "Sinanay" (the latter is a humorous song about giving directions to Istanbul) both deflty weave Latin and Turkish rhythms. Sertab,who looks like a Turkish Trudie Styler (Sting's wife),sings the beautiful Asian-flavored "Buda"...a hypnotic song about finding nirvana like the Buddha. Though Turkey is predominantly Muslim, this song shows that Eastern&New Age spirituality have found inroads in that country bridging Europe and Asia. Turkish heartthrob Tarkan has the catchy "Dudu" (Ozgur Buldum Remix). Think of an Anatolian Justin Timberlake with an exotic,amazing sound and lots of talent. Emrah's "Kusursuzsun (Acoustic Version)" is a memorable song in its simplicity;it also shows how Turkish differs from Arabic. In fact,Turkish is linguistically related to Hungarian (Magyar) and Korean. Goksel's "Ayirilik Gunu" blends Bollywood and retro flavors. Tugba Ekinci's rousing "Oha Falan Oldum Yani",with its exotic instrumentation,is a passionate plea to a cheating lover;Ekinci shows that she has more than sex appeal,but amazing vocals as well. Nazam Oncel's "Atiyosun" is a poetic song about everyday life.

"Turkish Groove" is a compilation of appetizers of Turkish music;now I'd like to explore the music of Tarkan,Sertab,and Goksel further. "Turkish Groove" is a perfect introduction to Turkish music in its variety.It's a fun musical excursion to Istanbul and Topkapi
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