Özkan Uğur

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Özkan Uğur
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Background information
Born (1953-10-17) October 17, 1953 (age 63)
Istanbul, Turkey
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Musician, film actor
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1971–present
Associated acts MFÖ

Raif Özkan Uğur (born October 17, 1953 in Istanbul) is a Turkish pop musician, member of the renowned band MFÖ and an actor.

He was born as the 5th child of his family. He graduated Reşat Nuri Güntekin Primary School where he met and started playing mandolin. Afterwards, while he was studying in Fenerbahçe High School, he formed a band called Atomikler and covered popular songs of the time.

He started his musician career in the Şerif Yüzbaşıoğlu Orchestra as a bass guitarist. In 1971, Özkan joined Mazhar Alanson and Fuat Güner in the duo "Kaygısızlar" ("The Unworrieds") The band was dissolved in 1972. Between 1972 and 1975, Özkan played Anatolian rock music with Barış Manço in his band "Kurtalan Ekspresi", in "TER" of Erkin Koray, "Dostlar" of Edip Akbayram, "Kardaşlar" of Seyhan Karabay and "Dadaşlar" of Ersen. In 1976, he left Anatolian rock music genre and joined the quintet "İpucu" led by the MFÖ trio. Özkan formed in 1978 the band "Grup Karma" with Galip Boransu and Cengiz Teoman. He is now playing in the group MFÖ. Also, while he playing bass guitar in MFÖ , he performs incredibly difficult vocals with his tenor timbre. He released "Aynada" ("In The Mirror" in Turkish) single from DMC in 2016.

He was also a judge in O Ses Türkiye (Turkish version of The Voice).

Bass Guitar[edit]

Özkan Uğur (far left) at MFÖ concert in 2012

In first of his professional years, he tried to make a bass guitar. The bass guitar he is currently using is a Fender Jazz Bass which was given by Barış Manço. Also he had a fretless guitar which he makes the maintenance and repair himself every month. One of his interview he talk about value of his bass guitar : " I spent my life with it. I will never sell it even they give me billions of dollars."



TV series[edit]

  • İkinci Bahar, 1999
  • Yeter Anne, 2002
  • Alacakaranlık, 2003
  • İstanbul Şahidimdir, 2004
  • Cennet Mahallesi, 2004 (Show TV)
  • Sıkı Dostlar, 2009 (Türkmax - Fox TV)
  • Türk Malı, 2010 (Show TV)
  • Şubat, 2012-2013 (TRT 1)
  • Poyraz Karayel, 2015- (Kanal D)

Film score[edit]

  • Arkadaşım Şeytan, 1988


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