Kâzım Koyuncu

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Kâzım Koyuncu
Born (1971-11-07)November 7, 1971
Origin Turkey
Died June 25, 2005(2005-06-25) (aged 33)
Genres Rock, folk rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, activist
Years active 1992–2005
Website www.kazimkoyuncu.com

Kâzım Koyuncu (November 7, 1971 in a village of Hopa, Artvin Province, Turkey – June 25, 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey) was a Turkish singer-songwriter and activist of Laz ancestry.

Koyuncu recorded songs in a number of languages spoken along the northeastern Black Sea coast of Turkey, as well as the language of Laz. He was the founder and singer of Zuğaşi Berepe ("The Children of the Sea"), a folk rock group founded in 1993. Following the group's break-up in 2000, Koyuncu went on to record two solo albums, Viya! in 2001 and Hayde in 2004, which proved to be popular across Turkey and also in Georgia.

He died during treatment for lung cancer in 2005. Although strongly denied by Health Minister Recep Akdağ, it is popularly thought that the Chernobyl disaster was the cause of Koyuncu's cancer, a sentiment shared by many locals on Turkey's Black Sea coast.[citation needed]

He primarily sang in Laz language and his most famous songs were also in Laz. His albums also contain several songs in Turkish, Armenian, Homshetsi, Georgian and Megrelian.

He fought for nature and was against the construction of a nuclear reactor at Sinop on the northern Black Sea coast of Turkey. He was a well-known activist in environmental and cultural issues.


with Zuğaşi Berepe[edit]

  • 1995: Va Mişkunan ("We Don't Know" in Laz)
  • 1998: İgzas ("You Are Leaving" in Laz)
  • 1998: Bruxel Live

with Grup Dinmeyen[edit]

  • 1996: Sisler Bulvarı (Boulevard of Mists)

solo albums[edit]

  • 2001: Viya!
  • 2004: Hayde
  • 2006: Dünyada Bir Yerdeyim (posthumously released)

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