Nil Karaibrahimgil

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Nil Karaibrahimgil
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Background information
Birth name Ferhan Nil Karaibrahimgil
Born (1976-10-17) 17 October 1976 (age 41)
Origin Turkey
Genres Pop rock, alternative rock, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1998–present
Labels Sony Music

Ferhan[1] Nil Karaibrahimgil (born 17 October, 1976), also popularly known simply as Nil (Turkish for the Nile), is a Turkish pop/rock singer and songwriter mostly noted for her distinct lyrics. Nil's passion and admiration for music stems from her father, Suavi Karaibrahimgil, who is also a musician although he is not currently active in the Turkish music industry.


In 2000, she graduated from Boğaziçi University with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. She also further received the Crystal Apple prize award twice, which recognized her achievements in advertising. Besides academic success, Nil has found fortune in the Turkish music scene. Many of her songs deal with love, marriage and relationships. Her articles have been published weekly in Hürriyet, a daily Turkish newspaper, since 2004.[2] On 21 January, 2010, she married Sertab Erener's brother Serdar Erener near the shore of the Nile River.[3] She has a son Aziz Arif, born in May 2014.[4]

Musical career[edit]

Early musical success[edit]

Up to 2007, Nil has managed to release 3 successful albums along with several singles of her own here and there. In 2002, her debut album Nil Dünyası (The Nile World) brought her into the spotlight with hits that included "Kek" ("Cake") and "XL" ("Extra Large"). Two years later, Nil followed with another album called Nil FM which achieved success similar to that of her first album. Some of the hit singles released from that album included "Gitme Yoksa…" ("Yoksa, Don't Go…"), "Akbaba" ("Vulture"), "Ben Aptal Mıyım?" ("Am I Stupid?") and "Bronzlaşmak" ("Tan/Sunburn") as well.

Tek Taşımı Kendim Aldım[edit]

In 2006, Nil would go on to release her third album called Tek Taşımı Kendim Aldım (I Took My Only Way Out). The album brought Nil further success with hits including "Pırlanta" ("Diamond"), "Peri" ("Fairy"), and of course, "Organize İşler Bunlar" ("These Are Organized Jobs") which is the original soundtrack of the movie Organize İşler. All of the three singles from this album managed to easily top most Turkish charts.

Yaş 18[edit]

In late 2006, Nil released a single called, "Yaş 18" ("Age 18") which is one of the two tracks she recorded for the soundtrack of the Turkish movie Sınav (The Exam). Both the movie and the song deal with the pressure Turkish students face preparing for matriculation, as well as angst from coming of age.



Year Album
2002 Nil Dünyası
  • Date: May 2002
  • Format: MC, CD, digital download
2004 Nil FM
  • Date:2004
  • Format: MC, CD, digital download
2006 Tek Taşımı Kendim Aldım
  • Date: 11 May, 2006
  • Format: MC, CD, digital download
2009 Nil Kıyısında
  • Date: 19 February, 2009
  • Format: CD, digital download
2012 Ben Buraya Çıplak Geldim
  • Date: 5 July, 2012
  • Format: CD, digital download


Year Title Turkish Airplay Chart[5]
2007 "Bu mudur?"[a] 1

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2001 "Masal" Commissar Shakespeare soundtrack
2002 "Girl" Harikalar Diyarı (Wonderland) by Ilhan Erşahin
2005 "Organize İşler Bunlar" Magic Carpet Ride soundtrack
2006 "Yaş 18"[6] The Exam soundtrack
2007 "Hoppala" Istanbul by Wax Poetic
2008 "İstanbul'da Sonbahar" Söz Müzik Teoman
2014 "Kanatlarım Var Ruhumda" Bi Küçük Eylül Meselesi soundtrack
"Hadi İnşallah" Hadi İnşallah soundtrack
2016 "Gel Aşka Gel" Kocan Kadar Konuş: Diriliş Soundtrack
"Bizi Anlatsam" Hesapta Aşk soundtrack

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Director
2002 "XL" Nil Dünyası Umur Turagay
"Resmen Aşığım"
2004 "Gitme Yoksa..." Nil FM
"Bütün Kızlar Toplandık"
"Akbaba" Murad Küçük
"Ben Aptal mıyım?"
2006 "Organize İşler Bunlar" Tek Taşımı Kendim Aldım
"Pırlanta" Umur Turagay
"Pırlanta Ozinga Remix"
"Bu mudur?"[a] Emre Özbay
"Yaş 18" OST - Sınav
2008 "Ruhum Desen Desen" Promo Single
2009 "Seviyorum Sevmiyorum" Nil Kıyısında Umur Turagay
"Duma Duma Dum" Burcu Yolcu
"Kırık" Sinan Çetin
2011 "Hakkında Her Şeyi Duymak İstiyorum" Ben Buraya Çıplak Geldim
2012 "Ben Buraya Çıplak Geldim" Özer Feyzioğlu
"He-man" Thor Saevarsson
2014 "Kanatlarım Var Ruhumda" Bi Küçük Eylül Meselesi soundtrack
"Hadi İnşallah" Hadi İnşallah soundtrack


Year Title Role Notes
2008 A.R.O.G Mimi
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Avrupa Yakası Herself episode 126
2012 Yalan Dünya Herself episodes 11 and 23
2016 Müdür Ne'aptın? Herself episode 5
2018 Jet Sosyete Herself episode 15


  • Nil'in Kelebekleri (Butterflies of the Nile), 320p, 2011, Doğan Kitap, ISBN 978-605-111-982-3[7]
  • Kelebeğin Hayat Sırları (Life Secrets of the Butterfly), 296p, 2015, Doğan Novus, ISBN 978-605-092-856-3[8]


  1. ^ a b "It this it [love]?/Is that all [that love is]?", conveys both the excitement at the prospect of love and the complement/inverse of the surplus in "XL": a love too small or too lacking.


  1. ^ "Kimsesi yok ama sevgisi çok (No One But Love)" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  2. ^ "Hürriyet Archive". HÜRRİYET - ARAMA (in Turkish). Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  3. ^ "Nil Karaibrahimgil Mısır'da evlendi (Nil Karaibrahimgil married in Egypt)" (in Turkish). 21 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  4. ^ "Nil Karaibrahimgil annelik duygularını paylaştı (Nil Karaibrahimgil Discusses Motherhood)" (in Turkish). Retrieved 27 May 2014.[dead link]
  5. ^ Nielsen Music Control (in Turkish) at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-05-19)
  6. ^ Nielsen Music Control (in Turkish) at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-02-07)
  7. ^ "Nile Butterflies" (in Turkish), Retrieved: 27 September, 2018.
  8. ^ "Butterfly Secrets: The Life of Nil Karaibrahimgil" (in Turkish), Retrieved: 27 September, 2018.

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