Selami Şahin

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Selami Şahin
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Selami Şahin in a concert in Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena, İstanbul, 2012.
Background information
Born (1948-08-15) August 15, 1948 (age 68)
Yayladağı, Hatay - Turkey
Genres World
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, producer, actor
Years active 1966–present
Labels Lider Müzik
Website selamisahin.com.tr

Selami Sahin (born 1948) is a Turkish musician and film actor.

Early life[edit]

Selami Şahin was born on August 15, 1948 in Hatay, a city in the southeastern Mediterranean region of Turkey, to a Turkish father and an Egyptian mother from Alexandria, the fourth of six children.

When Şahin was 15 years old, he decided to leave his hometown of Hatay to pursue his musical ambitions. He worked at odd jobs in neighboring cities before moving to Istanbul. There he met Irfan Özbakır, one of the best known musical composers of his time. Özbakır produced Sahin's first single, titled Zeynebim, written by Göksel Orhon and composed by Irfan Özbakır.

Musical career[edit]

In 1968 Şahin released his next single titled Sabır Taşı. He taught himself to read music, and in 1969, he started writing and composing all his own songs. He also learned how to play several musical instruments.

The first song he wrote and composed, called Sen Mevsimler Gibisin, won the “Song of the Year” at the 4th Golden Butterfly Awards (Altın Kelebek). From that day forward, many of Selami Şahin’s songs were included in the repertoires of numerous Turkish singers. To date, he has released 24 singles, 7 LPs and 13 cassettes and CDs. Şahin has written and composed more than 300 songs and 150 of them became popular hits. Some of his most important hit tunes include: Alışmak Sevmekten Zor, Ben Bir Tek Kadın Sevdim, Ben Sevdalı Sen Belalı, Boş Vere Boş Vere, Bulamazsın, Dostlarım (İçkim & Sigaram), Eskimeyen Dost, Gitme Sana Muhtacım, Gözler Kalbin Aynasıdır, Hesabım Var, Islak Mendil, Kadere Şikayetim Var, Namert Olayım, Ne Duamsın Ne Bedduam, Özledim, Sen Mevsimler Gibisin, Seni Sevmediğim Yalan, Senin Olmaya Geldim, Seninle Başım Dertte, Sensiz Olmuyor, Tanımam Senden Başka, Tanrım, Tapılacak Kadınsın, and Ya Seninle Ya Sensiz.

These songs were also translated into different languages and vocalized by singers in Europe and the Middle East. Furthermore, Şahin worked on joint projects with Ghada Ragab, a noted Egyptian singer, and Enrico Macias, a well-known Algerian-French singer and musician. Continuing his career as a singer, songwriter and composer, in the latter part of his career he worked also as a music producer and a vocal coach.

In 2010, Şahin released an album of his songs titled Dayman (Daima) ("Always") in Arabic, a synthesis of Turkish and Arabic music. In 2011, Şahin released an album titled Mahzen which included a mix of his songs previously vocalized by many artists and which he re-interpreted and remixed with acoustic and contemporary arrangements.

Many of Sahin's songs have been used in many Turkish TV series and feature films. In 2012, one of his most popular hits titled Sensiz Olmuyor was vocalized by Şahin in a TV commercial for Akbank, one of Turkey’s leading banks.

Film actor[edit]

Şahin was a leading actor in various feature films. His best-known role was in a joint Egyptian-Turkish film titled Mumya Fırarda which was released in 22 countries around the world. Additionally, this was the first Turkish film to be invited to participate at the 6th Hollywood Film Festival and Şahin’s acting received high accolades.[citation needed] Some of his other films include Köyün Beş Güzeli (1970), Bağrımdaki Ateş (1981), Kaderi Zorlama (1985) and The Dealer (2010).

Personal life[edit]

Married since 1985, the artist has three children. Şahin continues to write and compose new songs.

Discography[edit]

Year Album Title Label
1966-1976 45`likler
1975 Yıllar Sonra Yine Taç Plak
1976 Unutulmayan Eserler
1981 Bağrımdaki Ateş Lider Müzik
1982 Tapılacak Kadınsın
1983 Seninle Başım Dertte
1985 Hastayım Sana
1987 İyi Düşün Sevgilim
1988 Seni Çok Seviyorum
1989 İşim Gücüm Seni Sevmek
1990 Başımın Tatlı Belası
1992 Şaşırttın Beni
1994 Özledim Her Şeyini
1995 İlle de Sen
1997 Şarkılarım ve Ben (Nostalji)
1999 2000`e Merhaba
2004 İyi ki Varsın
2009 Dayman (Daima)
2010 Ben Bir Tek Kadın Sevdim
2011 Mahzen

Awards[edit]

Year Category Song Award
1975 Song of the Year Sen Mevsimler Gibisin 4th Golden Butterfly Awards Won
1977 Golden Pencil Award Dostlarım (İçkim & Sigaram) - Won
1978 The Year’s 10 Most Popular Songs Sensiz Olmuyor Milliyet Newspaper Awards Won
1979 The Year’s 10 Most Popular Songs Özlem Rıhtımı Milliyet Newspaper Awards Won
1980 The Year’s 10 Most Popular Songs Rüzgar Milliyet Newspaper Awards Won
1994 Gold Composition Award Özledim İstanbul FM Radio Gold Awards (İFA) Won
1995 The Year’s 10 Most Popular Songs Özledim Milliyet Newspaper Awards Won
2012 Honorary Award - 39th Golden Butterfly Awards Won

Filmography[edit]

Year Film
1970 Köyün Beş Güzeli
1981 Bağrımdaki Ateş
1985 Kaderi Zorlama
2002 Mumya Firarda
2010 El Dealer

See also[edit]

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