Levent Yüksel

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Levent Yüksel
Born (1964-10-21) 21 October 1964 (age 49)
Antalya, Türkiye
Genres Turkish pop music, jazz, progressive rock
Occupations Singer, Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, acoustic bass guitar, fretless bass guitar, double bass, piano, cümbüş, oud, bağlama, percussion
Associated acts Levent Yüksel, Sıfır KM

Biography[edit]

Levent Yuksel is a famous Turkish singer, and songwriter. Like Sertab Erener and Aşkın Nur Yengi, Levent Yüksel is one of the singers introduced to Turkish music by Sezen Aksu.[1]

Levent Yuksel was born in Antalya, Turkey. He was raised primarily by his grandmother and step-grandfather whom he called mother and father. He met his mother when he was 7 and it was not until age 35 that he had met his biological father and discovered that he had 5 siblings. His interest in and talent for music was immediately apparent as he started playing the violin at age 5. He was known to hold the violin like a guitar and use the house iron like pretend-microphone in his early days at home. During his education in the now İstanbul University State Conservatory, Department of Contrabass, he played his bass in various nightclubs, along many singers. After completing his compulsory military service he worked in a night club orchestra together with Fatih Erkoç and Sertab Erener, to whom she had been married between from 1991 to 1996. Through Aykut Gürel, he met Sezen Aksu, and accompanied Harun Kolçak in the vocals of the song Bile Bile from the first album of Aşkın Nur Yengi. Finally his first solo album Med Cezir came in year 1993. Two years later his second album, literally İkinci Albümü, and in 1997 the single Bi Daha followed. His latest album Kadın Şarkıları, in which he sang oldies originally sang by female singers, came in 2006. He was married to Eurovision Contest Winner Sertab Erener between 1990 - 1996.

At the height of his success, Levent Yuksel suffered very serious health problems. In 1995, he suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm. Prior to his collapse at home, he had been suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss. It was reported that he forgot the lyrics to one of his songs during a concert in Istanbul and apologized to his fans as he finished the concert with their endless support and applause. The aneurysm forced Levent Yuksel to a coma for two days and paralyzed the right-side of his body. His surgery was performed by doctor Cengiz Kuday in the USA, and his recovery took approximately 18 months. While it was rumored that his health problems were caused by heavy drug use, that theory is widely discredited. At an interview with the Turkish newspaper, Sabah on Jul 10, 2010, Levent Yuksel also directly dismissed this rumor and indicated he that had never used drugs.

Albums[edit]

Med Cezir (Tempa & Foneks) (1993)
  1. Yeter Ki Onursuz Olmasın Aşk
  2. Med Cezir
  3. İstanbul
  4. Kadınım
  5. Beni Bırakın
  6. Tuana
  7. Uçurtma Bayramları
  8. Dedikodu
  9. Bu Gece Son
  10. Yeniden Başla
Levent Yüksel'in 2. Albümü (Karma Müzik) (1995)
  1. Ben Senin Bildiğin Erkeklerden Değilim
  2. Tuzum Kuru
  3. Yas
  4. Karaağaç
  5. Şıngırdak Yarim
  6. Zalim
  7. Çekirdek Hatun
  8. Abanoz'daki Emine
  9. Hayat Zaten Zor
  10. Haydar
Bi Daha (Raks Müzik) (1996)
  1. Bi' Daha
  2. İmkansız Aşk
Adı Menekşe (Raks Müzik) (1997)
  1. Hayrünnisa (Gül'ü yok!)
  2. Adı Menekşe
  3. Şüphe
  4. İmkansız Aşk
  5. Elimiz Mahkum
  6. Hakim Bey
  7. Son İstanbul'da
  8. Aşk Bireysel Bir Yolculuktur
  9. Bi Daha
  10. Deryalar
Aşkla (DMC) (2000)
  1. Sultanım
  2. Hayat Dediğin
  3. Hep Seveceğim
  4. Bir Sel Gibi
  5. Daima
  6. Mutsuzsun
  7. Şaka Yaptım
  8. Güllü Yar
  9. Son kadınım
  10. Gül Kurusu
  11. Sonbahar
  12. Sultanım (Remix)
  13. Mutsuzsun (Remix)
  14. Sonbahar (Remix)
Uslanmadım (İletişim Danışmanlık) (2004)
  1. Sadakatsiz Aşk Olmaz
  2. Bu Aşkın Katili Sensin
  3. Selamsız
  4. Kırık Telli
  5. Uslanmadım
  6. Yarabbim (Remix)
  7. Fasl-ı Muhabbet
  8. Kaybedenler
  9. Kara Güneş
  10. Sana Bir Kalp Bıraktım
  11. Yarabbim
  12. Zor Geliyor
  13. Sen Anla
  14. Bu Aşkın Katili Sensin (Remix)
  15. Zor Geliyor (Remix)
Kadin Sarkilari (2006)
  1. Ayrilmam (Aşkın Nur Yengi)
  2. Beni Benimle Birak (Nükhet Duru)
  3. Beni Unutma (Sezen Aksu)
  4. Yalnizligim (Zuhal Olcay)
  5. Deli Kizim Uyan (Şebnem Ferah)
  6. Dargin Degilim (Sertab Erener)
  7. Ya Sonra (Ajda Pekkan)
  8. Unutama Beni (Esmeray)
  9. Haram Geceler (Nilüfer)
  10. Yazmamislar (Özlem Tekin)
  11. Yoksun Sen (Asya)
  12. Ask Defteri (Ayla Dikmen)


Topyekün (2012)
  1. Topyekün
  2. Tehdit
  3. Itirafçı Olma
  4. Beş Duyu
  5. Olsun
  6. Razıysan
  7. Sardünya
  8. Olamadım
  9. Beddua
  10. Gidiyorum

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Buchanan, Donna Anne (October 2007). Balkan popular culture and the Ottoman ecumene: music, image, and regional political discourse. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 318. ISBN 978-0-8108-6021-6. Retrieved 24 May 2010.