Bahadır Akkuzu

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Bahadir Akkuzu (born February 3, 1955 in Istanbul – died August 6, 2009) was a Turkish musician who was a self-taught guitarist and vocalist.


Akkuzu began playing shows at the age of 15 and at the age of 17 joined a rock and roll group called "4 Adam". This was followed by a stint in "The Signal" and then a long career as a member of the Turkish/Anatolian psychedelic-progressive rock band Kurtalan Ekspres, which he joined in 1978. He was a contemporary of and worked with the famous Turkish musicians Cem Karaca, Erkin Koray, and Edip Akbayram. His band-mate and friend Barış Manço died in 1999 at the age 56. Akkuzu took over singing duties for the band after his friend died.[1]

He was generally considered an experimental rock musician who cited many western influencs, among which were classic rock bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Bad Company, Humble Pie, Genesis, Ten Years After, and Rush.

He died of a heart attack on August 6, 2009.


With Kurtalan Ekspres

  • Hal Hal / Eğri Eğri Doğru Doğru Eğri Büğrü Ama Yine De Doğru (1981) (Türküola 239)
  • 3552 (2003 Sony Müsik)
  • Fourteen Numara (1986 Film score)


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