Erkin Koray

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Mustafa Erkin Koray
Born (1941-06-24) 24 June 1941 (age 81)
Years active1966present

Mustafa Erkin Koray (Turkish pronunciation: [æɾˈcin ˈkoɾaj]; born 24 June 1941) is a Turkish musician, electro-baglama player, and active in Anatolian rock.[1]


Koray has been in the Turkish folk music scene since the late 1950s. In 1957, he and his band began playing covers of Elvis Presley and Fats Domino.[citation needed] In 1967, he released his first psychedelic single "Anma Arkadaş". Koray followed this with a number of singles, both by himself and in collaboration with others.[citation needed] In the early 1970s, he formed the group Ter ("Sweat"), with former members of the band Bunalım (Group Depression). They only recorded one single, "Hor Görme Garibi", before breaking up. In 1973, his first album, Erkin Koray, was released, with singles from 1967 to 1973. He left Istanbul Records after the release of the album and, in 1974, signed with Doglan Records, which released his dabke single "Şaşkın".[citation needed] In 1974, Koray released the LP Elektronik Türküler (Electronic Folk Songs [of Turkey]). In Turkish music circles he is often referred to as Erkin Baba ("Erkin the Father") for his pioneering influence on Turkish popular music.[citation needed] Other hits by Koray are "Fesuphanallah", "Istemem", "Sevince", "Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman ki", "Estarabim", "Arap Saçı", "Yalnızlar Rıhtımı", "Akrebin Gözleri", and "Çöpçüler". Koray is the inventor[citation needed] of electro baglama, the electrified version of a traditional Turkish musical instrument related to the lute.[1]


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  1. ^ a b Karaege, Vefik. "Biography: Erkin Koray". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 20 March 2023. Retrieved 20 July 2010.

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