Safiye Ayla: Çile Bülbülüm (My Grieving Nightingale)
Here is a beautiful Turkish song, magnificently performed by one of Turkey's most renowned singers, Safiye Ayla.
Safiye Ayla (1907-1998) learned music as a teenager with the greatest masters, Eyüplü Mustafa Hoca and Yesari AsIm Arsoy. She had her first hit in 1931 and soon became Turkey's first lady of song. She was a great admirer of Atatürk whom she met several times and she sang for him his favourite songs. He even taught her a song that he liked especially, "Mani Oluyor Halimi Takrire Hicabim", and this song became her own anthem during 50 years. Safiye worked with the group of Daruttalim-i Musiki, where she had the opportunity to meet the greatest masters of the era: Zekaizade Ahmet Irsoy, Sadettin Kaynak, Selahattin PInar or Nevres Bey. She was famous not only in Turkey but in the whole Middle East: she was worshipped in Beyrouth, Lebanon, and in Aleppo, Syria. She also toured in Egypt, in Germany and Switzerland. She stopped her career in 1950, after having married Muhiddin Targan, a descendant of the Prophet and a famous player of 'ud, the Turkish lute, and she devoted herself entirely to her new life. When her husband died in 1967, she came back to stage and gave numerous concerts on radio and TV (she was the first artist to be broadcasted on the new-born Turkish TV). Safiye Ayla recorded more than five hundred 78s, EPs and LPs. She captivated and still captivates the Turkish audiences with her so special voice and her melancholy tunes.
Enjoy this song, where she shows an incredible breath control!