The Golden Microphone: Raising the Bar of Turkish Rock
For a long time I have been fascinated by Turkish psychedelic and rock music. The first time I heard the music of Barış Manço, Cem Karaca, Moğollar and Erkin Koray, the expressive, melancholic vocals played against funky basslines, spirited percussion and fuzzy guitars, accompanied by traditional Turkish instruments such as the bağlama or the zurna, were a marriage that sounded very organic to my ears. Also known as Anadolu rock, or Anatolian rock, this music appeared to be the lovechild of Turkey’s rich musical heritage and the global explosion of pop music of the late 50s. The elements of a pop song fused with Turkish folk melodies and instrumentation – that’s Anatolian rock in a nutshell.