Barış Akarsu

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Barış Akarsu
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Background information
Born (1979-06-29)June 29, 1979
Amasra, Turkey
Origin Bartın, Turkey
Died July 4, 2007(2007-07-04) (aged 28)
bodrum, Turkey
Genres Anatolian rock, hardrock, folk rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2004–2007
Labels Seyhan Müzik

Barış Akarsu (June 29, 1979 – July 4, 2007) was a Turkish rock musician and actor who rose to fame after winning the television series Akademi Türkiye (Academy Turkey) in July 2004. He released two studio albums in three years and was also acting in television series Yalancı Yarim (My Lying Lover) which aired on Star TV.

On 29 June 2007, he was seriously injured in a car accident on his way back from a charity concert for children. After spending five days in an intensive care unit, he died of complications from the accident on 4 July 2007, at the age of 28.

Early life[edit]

Akarsu was born and raised in Amasra, in northern Turkey. He was a huge fan of rock music, listening to music from Ruhi Su, Cem Karaca and Barış Manço as well as Western acts like Led Zeppelin or U2.

His friends and Akarsu gathered at the seaside of Amasra to chat and sing songs while playing guitar. There, Akarsu formed his early ties with singing and playing instruments. Music always played a crucial part in his life. His other big ambition was tae kwon do, basketball and sailing (in high-school he was sailing professionally in Amasra Sailing Club).[1]

Musical career[edit]

Before rising to fame with his musical and screen projects, Akarsu worked as an entertainer in beach resorts in Antalya. Later he moved to Karadeniz Ereğli, where he started singing regularly at bars, the local television and radio shows before joining the TV show Academy Turkey. Shortly after winning the show, he moved to Istanbul to pursue a career in music.

Barış Akarsu released his first album “Islak Islak” followed by his second “Dusmeden Bulutlarda Kosmam Gerek” released in August 2006. He appeared on music videos for his songs “Islak Islak”, “Kimdir O”, “Mavi” and “Amasra” from his first and “Vurdum En Dibe Kadar” and “Yaz Demedim” from his second album. He composed and wrote the lyrics for “Ben” and “Yeter Be” from his second album. At the time of his death, he was working on his unreleased third album.

Acting career[edit]

Akarsu's first and only appearance as an actor is in the popular Turkish comedy series Yalancı Yarim. In the show, Akarsu portrays a wealthy young man, Tarık Tekelioğlu, who goes to Italy for his education but rather becomes the most successful rally driver.

Also, Akarsu acted in F5 Malt Drink commercial in 2005.[2]


On June 29, 2007, Akarsu and two friends were on their way to a celebration party for his birthday in Bodrum. Their car collided with a truck at an intersection with no traffic lights. The driver of the car, Zeynep Koçak,and passenger Nalan Kahraman died on the day of the accident. Barış Akarsu was transported to a hospital with severe injuries. On July 4, 2007, Akarsu died due to complications arising from the accident.

The location of the accident is a crossroads at the end of a long and straight downhill grade. As a result of protests decrying the lack of traffic lights at that dangerous intersection, new lights have been installed.[3]


  • Akademi Türkiye Music Contest First Prize Winner: June 2004
  • Olay FM : The Best Runners-up of 2005 : The Best Runner-Up Rock Starı
  • Survey of Future Magazine: The Best Loved Rock Star of 2005
  • Turuncu Media Group Organization GOLDEN NOTE MUSIC AWARDS : The Best Pop Rock Star.
  • İstanbul University Informatics Awards Ceremony: Cem Karaca Special Prize
  • USDER (International Health, Education and Social Services Association) : 1st Prize Winner in music branch in the Survey of 'The Bests of the Year'
  • Cem Karaca SPECIAL PRIZE : Expo Channel (April 1, 2007)
  • 13th Kral TV Video Music Awards : 1st Prize Winner in the branch of 'The Best ROCK STAR' (09.05.2007


Album Date of release

Islak Islak

January 14, 2005

Düşmeden Bulutlara Koşmam Gerek

August 17, 2006

Ayrılık Zamansız Gelir (Posthumous)

January 4, 2008
Year Title Album
2004 "Islak Islak" Islak Islak
2004 "Amasra" Islak Islak
2006 "Vurdum En Dibe Kadar" Düşmeden Bulutlara Koşmam Gerek