Modern Folk Üçlüsü

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Modern Folk Üçlüsü
Origin Turkey
Genres Anatolian rock, arranged Türkü
Years active 1969–present
Doğan Canku -Ahmet Kurtaran
Selami Karaibrahimgil

Modern Folk Üçlüsü ("Modern Folklore Trio") is a Turkish music trio; As the name implies, their main source is Turkish folklore songs (Türkü)

Early years[edit]

The group was founded in July 1969 by Doğan Canku, Ahmet Kurtaran and Selami Karaibrahimgil. In the same year they accompanied Esin Afşar in her song Bebek. In 1970, they began to produce their own records. In 1971 September two members of the group got married and they temporarily put a halt to their activities.[1]

Beginning by the end of 1972 however they resumed their activities. Their new LP of 1973 included arranged form of Turkish art music and an example of Western music as well as their conventional genre. Also in 1973 they participated in singing a multi singer melody Arkadaş Dur Bekle (Turkish version of Auntie) and Kim Ayırdı Sevenleri, Turkish version of Une Belle Histoire, Michel Fugain's famous song together with Tanju Okan and Nilüfer. These songs were recorded as 45 rpm.

Music contests[edit]

The group participated in Seul Music competition in 1978 with Ali Kocatepe.[2] They also attempted to represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contests 1978 and 1981; in the first case with Nükhet Duru and in the second case with Ayşegül Aldinç. They took third place in 1978 and first place in 1981. Nevertheless, in the Eurovision Song Contest 1981 in Dublin, they gained only 9 points and shared 18th place with Portugal.[3]

Later years[edit]

During the 1990s they concentrated on the concerts. One of the important CDs in the 1990s was İstanbul Şarkıları (Songs of İstanbul) with Emel Sayın. But that CD was made by Yapı ve Kredi Bankası, a bank and was not released to public.[4] After 2000 they released their own albums.[1] Original members of the band hasn't changed except period between 1995 and 1999, when Doğan Canku was replaced with Hasan Cihat Örter.


45 rpms[edit]

  • Deriko & Ali Paşa Ağıdı (1970)
  • Sarhoş Oğlan & Leblebi (1970)
  • Tello & Su Gelir Ark Uyanır (1970)
  • Diley Diley Yar & Gelin Ayşe (1970)
  • Klasikler I & Ağlamak Geliyor İçimden (1973)
  • Arkadaş Dur Bekle & Kim Ayırdı Sevenleri ? (1973) (With Tanju Okan and Nilüfer) (1973)
  • Hiç Belli Olmaz & Unutalım Her Derdi (1973)
  • Dözerem & Dudilli (1974)
  • Gecelerim & Elif (1975)
  • Dostluğa Davet & Takalar (1978) (As "Anatolia Major" with Nükhet Duru)
  • Dönme Dolap (With Ayşegül Aldinç) & Miras (It was sung by Coşkun Demir) (1981)

Albums (As LP, MC and CD)[edit]

Year Name
1971 Modern folk Üçlüsü
1975 40 yıl sonra
1978 Takalar
1979 Çocuklarımız için
1980 Pop
1985 Çocuklarımız için
1993 Nüket Duru klasikleri
1993 Ali Kocatepe Şarkıları
1996 Bir doğru Nota öyküsü
1996 İstanbul Şarkıları
2001 Bizimtepe Konseri
2001 Kaç yıl geçti aradan
2006 Çocuklarımız için
2007 Çeyrek
2009 Pop Fol Leblebi
2009 Çocuklara şiirler ve şarkılar
2010 40 yılın öyküsü


Doğan Canku (Solo)[edit]

  • Doğan Canku (1981, LP, 1 Numara Plakçılık)
  • Köçekçeler (1987, MC, Kent; laterly CD version was released by EMI)
  • Sonsuza Dek & Ayrılık (1990, Gökalp Plakçılık, MC, laterly CD version was released by Ada Müzik)
  • Doğa-n'ın Uyanışı (2000, Ada Müzik, CD)


  1. ^ a b Turuncu page (in Turkish)
  2. ^ Ada Music Page
  3. ^ Summary of Eurovision contests (in Turkish)
  4. ^ Haberler news page (in Turkish)
  5. ^ Discography by Ercan Demirel and Münir Tireli