Common rhythms and songs unite Greeks and Turks

n_101555_1I’m passing on this article that appeared in my local English language paper today:

Though often at odds in the past, Greece and Turkey share a bond revealed not only in food or language but also in music celebrated on both sides of the Aegean Sea.

Turks and Greeks have preserved many similarities when it comes to music, from style to instruments and lyrics.

Cooperation between Turkish and Greek singers has been a stalwart and singers and musicians from both countries are known on both sides of the Aegean Sea.

Ömer Faruk Tekbilek, a Turkish multi-instrumentalist and composer who has worked with Greek musicians in the past, performed in Athens in June while a concert on the island of Lesbos showcased dervishes of the Mevlevi Order of Konya.        

Asia Minor and Istanbul music – the kind played by motley bands  featuring violins, lyres, and other stringed instruments such as baglamas, outis, saz, santouris, bouzoukis and clarinets – are especially prevalent in both countries. 

“The songs found in both musical traditions mainly come from the region of Marmara and they are popular folk songs with lyrics in both languages, some of which were recorded in Greece from the late 1920s until the Second World War,” according to Nikos Andrikos, from the musicology department of Ionian University and research associate at the Technological Educational Institute of Traditional Music in Arta.

Read the whole article.


6 thoughts on “Common rhythms and songs unite Greeks and Turks

  1. Be Safe, we had this discussion recently about a unstable Turkey and opposition to Erdogan, I pray your preparations assist in your safety.
    News reports an unstable Turkey with Erdogan’s location unknown and the military claiming a coup is underway.

    • Thanks for your concern, Ron. It seems the attempted coup has been foiled and most of the soldiers involved are now in custody. Of course it is a most unfortunate situation. There are still too many people in this country who can’t accept a ballot box vote and believe democracy is better served by having the army take over. I am put in mind of Venezuela, and what happens to countries and governments that don’t ‘toe the line.’

      • I am glad your family is safe. Yes, I heard the reports that the coup failed.
        I am saddened with the predictions’ accuracy for increased engineered crises and loss of life.

        I do not type all the discussions and research that I and others find, – no, that would be too depressing and time consuming for me and my readers.
        One Turkey topic that keeps my rss-discussions lively (I do not know if you have similar discussions among your network) is Did Erdogan Stage the Coup Attempt to Gain Political Iron Fist?
        (In other words, everyone with awareness has expected this (incl. Erdogan), and enticing the opposition to jump too early was a setup for failure.)
        Please do not answer, it is a research trend we are following in all the member nations – including the U.S..

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