On Thursday, a Turkish singer identified for mixing conventional Black Sea folks music with rock rhythms was commemorated on the 15th anniversary of his passing.
Earlier this week, because of the Corona Virus outbreak, Kazım Koyuncu’s household introduced the cancelation of an annual commemoration ceremony in his hometown within the Black Sea province of Artvin.
In an announcement, the Koyuncu household steered other ways to honor the distinctive musician, saying: “On June 25, you’ll be able to have a look at the sky and smile, or play with a toddler, maybe add a meal to the desk, gentle a candle, take heed to considered one of his favourite songs, take into consideration our recollections … draw an image, have a look at his picture and possibly chat with him.”
Koyuncu took the folks songs of the Laz ethnic group, who reside in Turkey’s Black Sea area, and introduced their tradition into the mainstream, combining conventional devices, such because the stringed kemenche and tulum (bagpipe), with trendy devices just like the digital guitar, bass guitar and drums.
The dimension of Turkey’s Laz inhabitants is unknown, however they primarily reside within the northeastern part of Turkey’s Black Sea area and likewise throughout the land border into Georgia.
In 2001, UNESCO categorised the Laz language as endangered, with round 130,000-150,000 audio system remaining in Turkey and Georgia.
Once Koyuncu was quoted as saying, “I’m a musician, then I’m from the Black Sea, however above all, I’m a revolutionary.”
Outspoken on environmental points, he campaigned towards the constructing of a nuclear energy plant in Turkey.
Singer in a number of tongues
Koyuncu was born on Nov. 7, 1971, within the district of Hopa within the Black Sea province of Artvin, although his start was solely made official a couple of yr later, a typical apply in these days.
His first instrument was a mandolin, which he started enjoying throughout secondary college.
In 1989, he enrolled in Istanbul University however finally didn’t graduate. It was throughout his college years that his musical profession grew extra energetic, main him to place collectively a band in 1992.
Afterward, he established Turkey’s first Laz-music rock band, Zuğaşi Berepe (Children of the Sea).
Besides singing in Turkish, Koyuncu additionally sang in Laz, in addition to different languages spoken in northwestern Turkey, corresponding to Homshetsi and Georgian.
Their first album, the critically acclaimed “Va Mskunan” (“We Don’t Know”), hit the cabinets in 1995. Following the discharge of their second album, “Igzas” (“Walking”), the band cut up up in 1996.
Koyuncu later launched into a solo music profession along with his first album “Viya!” launched in 2001. A yr later, he rose to fame by doing the rating for a blockbuster TV collection, “Gülbeyaz,” specializing in life within the Black Sea.
His second album, “Hayde” (“Let’s Go”), got here out in 2004, the identical yr he was recognized with most cancers. Despite warnings from his docs, he continued to carry out on stage.
His swan music got here on Feb. 4, 2005, at Istanbul’s Yeni Melek Show Center, the place he took the stage for followers carrying a knit cap protecting his head after dropping his hair to chemotherapy.
He died in 2005 on the age of 33 and was laid to relaxation in Hopa, the district of his start.
Many blamed his sickness on the results of radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant catastrophe in Ukraine, on the opposite facet of the Black Sea, which occurred when Koyuncu was round 15 years previous.