Buket Bengisu & Group Safir

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Buket Bengisu (born 19 July 1978)[1] is a Turkish singer. She finished her primary studies in Istanbul. She grew up in a family that was closely associated with music, as her father was a bassist and her mother was a pianist. In 1996, she enrolled in the Istanbul University State Conservatory, studying chorus singing. In 2000, she went to the same school again and in 2003 graduated with a degree in musical singing. She also played for five years at the Turkey Children Theater and took part in a number of plays.[1]

In 2002, together with Grup Safir she took part in a competition for representing Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 and performed the song "Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde", earning the permission to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002.[2] The other members were Eser Alioglu, Dilek Aba, Gülnur Gökce and Sitare Bilge. At the contest, they earned 29 points and ended up in the 16th place.[3][4]

In 2011, Bengisu won the Special prize of jury WAFA Awards at the "Golden Voice Moldova" Festival, followed by Award of Most Promosing Performer and Award for best lyrics at the "XX.International Discovery Pop Music", and the Best Song award at the Award of Bulgarian National Radio.[5] Bengisu also organized a "Eurovision From Past to Present" concert in 2011.[4]


  1. ^ a b Telgraf, Ege (22 December 2011). "Eurovision'a 800 dolarlık harcırahla gittik". Röportaj. Milliyet.com. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  2. ^ Bohlman, Philip V. (2004). The music of European nationalism. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-57607-270-7. Retrieved 6 February 2011."Eurovision Song Contest 2002". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  3. ^ "About Buket Bengisu & Saphire". eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b Durgut, Ali (November 2011). "Buket Bengisu EurovisionDream'de". Röportaj. eurovisiondream.com sitesi. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  5. ^ "En iyi şarkı ödülü Türkiye'nin". Hürriyet. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sedat Yüce with "Sevgiliye Son"
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Sertab Erener with "Everyway That I Can"