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Selami Şahin in a concert in Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena, İstanbul, 2012.
August 15, 1948 |
Yayladağı, Hatay - Turkey
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter, producer, actor|
Selami Sahin (born 1948) is a Turkish musician and film actor.
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.
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.
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. Some of his other films include Köyün Beş Güzeli (1970), Bağrımdaki Ateş (1981), Kaderi Zorlama (1985) and The Dealer (2010).
Married since 1985, the artist has three children. Şahin continues to write and compose new songs.
|1975||Yıllar Sonra Yine||Taç Plak|
|1981||Bağrımdaki Ateş||Lider Müzik|
|1983||Seninle Başım Dertte|
|1987||İyi Düşün Sevgilim|
|1988||Seni Çok Seviyorum|
|1989||İşim Gücüm Seni Sevmek|
|1990||Başımın Tatlı Belası|
|1994||Özledim Her Şeyini|
|1995||İlle de Sen|
|1997||Şarkılarım ve Ben (Nostalji)|
|2004||İyi ki Varsın|
|2010||Ben Bir Tek Kadın Sevdim|
|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|
|1970||Köyün Beş Güzeli|