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Alex Blaze

Queer music Friday - Bulent Ersoy

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 24, 2010 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: bulent ersoy, queer music

Bülent Ersoy started her classical singing career pre-transition, only to find that her music and performances were banned in Turkey because they were considered "social deviance" by the right-wing military dictatorship. She fought to be allowed to sing, arguing that she was a woman, not a drag performer, but only succeeded after Turkey had returned to democracy. She found herself in legal trouble recently for making statements opposing Turkey's incursion into northern Iraq to fight the Kurds.

Here's the video for "Hani Bizim Sevdamız." If you have fun watching music videos in languages you don't know and making up stories to go with them, this is a good one to use for material.

This is a live duet with Ibo Muhteşem, parts one and two, on a couch.

This is a song that wasn't posted with a name on YouTube:

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Gosh, I loved that! I've seen her name around, but never heard her sing. I love that style of music, and I do love listening to music and movies in languages I don't understand, as I love language too. Quite a story line here. And it makes me want to move to Turkey and meet those young Turks. Gobble gobble.

This is one of the gutsiest women in the world. She has regularly spoken out against the oppressive military dominated government in a place where trans women have one of the highest murder rates on the planet.

I've tried getting into Bulent Ersoy's music but it just doesn't do anything for me.

So, for the time being, I'll stick with Dana International and Esther Galil.

Regan DuCasse | December 24, 2010 3:03 PM

That was amazing. I like that music too. I'm down for just about any kind of music, except polkas and rap.
And, I always have the utmost of respect for the bravery of transwomen and men in dangerous countries.
Artists, are always another breed of soldier when it comes to engaging the world on human rights.

Thanks Alex! Bulent Ersoy is an amazing singer and inspirational person!