Seyyal Taner

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Seyyal Taner
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Kocaeli Fair in Seyyal Taner, 2010.
Background information
Birth name Seyyal Taner
Born (1952-09-28) September 28, 1952 (age 62)
Origin Şanlıurfa,  Turkey
Genres Pop, Rock, Dance
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 1968–present
Labels Bir Numara (1974-1975)
Yavuz Plak (1976-1986)
Güneş (1991-1993)
Elenor Plak (2002-2009)
Majör Müzik (2012)

Seyyal Taner (born September 28, 1952, in Şanlıurfa, Turkey) is a Turkish singer and actress.[1] Although famed for her music, Taner started her career as an actress with appearances in around 40 films. Throughout her career, many of her songs have hit, such as.

She has varied her musical style throughout her career, incorporating distinct elements of reggae, rock, new wave, folk, dance and funk into her music. Throughout her career spanning four decades so far she has faced to some challenges to do different things and not to repeat herself. To be more precise, she is a persona doing things without others approval. She is a person who brought liveliness and innovation to Turkish music and a rebel who made rock music in Alaturca Gazino, Turkish style music hall. Therefore, when somebody mentions about her, the adjectives such as weird, alien, freak, crazy,[2] brave, rebel are used.[2] She stood out not only her voice and songs but also her extraordinary clothes.

She is famous for leopard clothes. Besides, she is reckoned as first Turkish singer who simultaneously both sings a song and dances choreographically on stage.[2] She tried to introduce western show to Turkey. She arranged a series of visual and musical shows. Gradually, her look and manner of dressing and her performances started influencing people. Her style became a female fashion trend along 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Taner was born in Şanlıurfa, Turkey and mean of her name is movable star having a tour around world in each century. She moved to İstanbul with her family. She graduated from the Amerikan Kız Lisesi, which is one of the best high school in Istanbul. During high school, she got ballet education in İstanbul Devlet Konservatuar. Her being interested in music led her to get vocal training from Şerif Yüzbaşıoğlu in 1965. After a while, She started to sing unprofessionally in Kanat Gür Orkestrası.

She met with Los Bravos that came for concert in İstanbul. When the band caught her music interest, they offered a role to her in a musical film after going back to Spain. She was gone to Spain for the film in 1968. She performed there in different fields such as being model for record picture, acting in commercial, being back vocal behind band. Meanwhile, she attracted the attention of Paramount Pictures. She was offered a small part in Villa Rides and she acted with Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum. Then she came back to Turkey and appeared on Turkish films. Her performing vamp role in films attracted the attention. After that, she left Turkey and went to Germany to get married with Peter Harold, Los Bravos's guitarist. After having a daughter, she finished her marriage and came back to Turkey. She picked up where she left off. After a period of time, she gave up movie and led to music.


Taner signed a record deal with the 1 Numara Plakçılık, a label belonging to Ali Kocatepe. Her debut 45 rpm record "Tanrı Şahidimdir - Şimdi Sen Varsın" was released in 1974.[3] The following year, her second 45 rpm record "Nene Hatun - Yalnızlığı Bir de Bana Sor" was released. However, her first two records did not bring her a great success. Meanwhile, she embarked her career at stage projects. Professionally first time, she took to the stage on "Lalezar Gazinosu". After a while, she took to the stage as a group with Seyhan Karabay and Sedat Avcı. In 1976, she transferred to Yavuz Asöcal's record company and released her third 45 rpm record "Son Verdim Kalbimin İşine - Elveda". This record became a top seller and thanks to the record, she had a big break. Her songs with dance show provided her remaining on the agenda of Turkish music. In the same year, her film Çizmeli Kedi brought together a lot of celebrities. In 1979, she appeared on TRT with Halil Ergün by preparing first Turkish TV musical[3] Çırpınış, a different version of Asiye Nasıl Kurtulur. She opened a dance school with Sait Sökmen and educated dancers for show business, such as Hakan Peker and Nadia. Through the 1970s, she had great hits, such as "Kalbimi Affettim", "Seni Çok Özledim", "Gülme Komşuna".

In 1980, she released her first long play "Lider" and in 1986, her second album "Leyla". While she became second with the song "Dünya" in 1986 Eurovision National Final, she and Lokomotif became first with the song "Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne" in 1987 Eurovision National Final. They failed to score any points and finished last in the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest.[4] However, this performance was shown in the category of "Notable Shows" in 50th anniversary of ESC. After the result, she took a break. Then she returned to music and recorded "Nanay" album. Through the 1980s, she had great hits, such as "Elalem Ne Der", "Naciye", "Leyla", "Nanay" and "Neler Oluyor".[5]

In 1990, she moved to Bodrum. In 1991, she released her best seller album "Alladı Pulladı". She showed one of her different characteristic by preparing lyrics and music of some songs in the album. In 1993, she released "Geliyorum" album and she gave a long break to music. Through the first half of the 1990s, she had great hits, such as "Alladı Pulladı", "Şiirimin Dili", "Kırk Yılık Kani", "La Havle Ya Settar".

In 2002, she returned and released her best of album "Seyyalname". After this album, she released "En İyileriyle Seyyal Taner" in 2005 and "En İyileriyle Seyyal Taner 2" in 2007. In 2007, she had a duet song "Erkek Adamsın" with Zakkum in Zakkum's first studio album, in March 2012, she released her maxi-single album; Ethnic Rock.[6] First video clip from this album was shot for Sevda Zindanları. With this album, Taner started a concert series. In 2014, she sang "Canımsın Deme Bana" in the album of "Wonderland" belonging to İlhan Erşahin.

Seyyal Taner is considered a gay icon, and the Turkish LGBT community has embraced her as a pop culture icons.[7] According to the LGBT magazine, KAOS GL, Seyyal Taner is the greatest gay icon.[8]


Studio albums[edit]


LP recordings[edit]

  • Tanrı Şahidimdir - Şimdi Sen Varsın (Bir Numara, 1974) (writer(s), Ali Kocatepe)
  • Nene Hatun - Yalnızlığı Bir de Bana Sor (Bir Numara, 1975) (writer (s), Ali Kocatepe, Doğan Canku, et al.)[3]
  • Son Verdim Kalbimin İşine - Elveda (Yavuz, 1976) (writer (s), Ülkü Aker.)
  • Kalbimi Affettim - Sarmaş Dolaş (Yavuz, 1976) (writer (s), Ülkü Aker, et al.)[9]
  • Gülme Komşuna Gelir Başına - Seni Çok Özledim (Yavuz, 1977) (writer (s) Çiğdem Talu and Melih Kibar)[9]
  • Sorma Neydi O - Neden Gelmedin (Yavuz, 1977) (writer (s) Çiğdem Talu and Melih Kibar)
  • Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne-Une Melodie (TRT, 1987) (Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne)

Compilations featuring Seyyal Taner[edit]

  • En İyileriyle Seyyal Taner 2 (Ossi Music, 1986)
  • En İyileriyle Seyyal Taner (Ossi Music, 2005) [10]
  • The Best of Seyyal Taner (Elenor, 2009)


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Aslan Bey Süreyya
1968 Kara Güneş Zeynep
1968 Ölümsüz Adam The first feature film
1968 Villa Rides Guerrilla Girl
1972 Vur
1972 Vur Gardaş Vur Kemal's lover
1972 Vahşi Aşk Sultan
1972 Vahşetin Esirleri Esma
1972 Tehlikeli Görev Reyhan
1972 Suya Düşen Hayal Oyuncu Seher, Nevin
1972 Mahkum Lamia
1972 Karaoğlan Geliyor
1972 Kanun Adamı Rozita
1972 Kanlı Öç Berna
1972 Kalleşler Selma
1972 İlk Aşk
1972 Haydut Avcısı
1972 Hacı Murat'ın İntikamı
1972 Benimle Sevişir Misin Sibel
1972 Batıda Kan Vardı / Batıda Ölüm Var
1973 Yaralı
1973 Bu Toprağın Kızı
1973 Vahşet Ayşe
1973 Ömer Hayyam Semra Omar Khayyám's biography was discussed.
1973 Katran Bebek Seyyal
1973 Talihsizler
1973 Harman Son Elif
1973 Gönülden Yaralılar Gönül Sunar
1973 Gecelerin Hakimi Sema
1973 Felek Burcu
1973 Düşman Natasha
1973 Dağ Kanunu Meryem
1973 Çoban Sevda
1973 Cengiz Han'ın Fedaisi Chun-Li
1974 Televizyon Niyazi Yaprak
1974 Kısmet Seyyal Taner
1974 Kiralık Serseri Suna
1974 İmparator Okşan
1974 Gecelerin Ötesi / İster Darıl İster Sarıl Leyla
1974 Düşmanlarım Çatlasın
1974 Cafer'in Nargilesi Oyuncu
1974 Beş Tavuk Bir Horoz Okşan
1975 Şehvet Kurbanı Şevket Nuran
1976 Çizmeli Kedi Seyyal
Television Series
Year Title Role Notes
1986-1988 Perihan Abla Gülsüm Percons Meriç
2002 Azad Deniz
2004 İstanbul Şahidimdir Aylin
2006 Maçolar Dilan Hala
2000-2006 Bizim Evin Halleri Pür Neşe
2012 Canımın İçi Seyyal Taner
2014 Güldür Güldür Seyyal Taner Guest player


  1. ^ Ayşe Arman (27 December 2013). Taner: Bana 'kamerayla sevişen kadın' derlerdi (in Turkish). NTV. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Başak Çokan (15 November 2012). "Seyyal Taner". (Sabah). Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Seyyal Taner". Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 1987. 
  5. ^ "Seyyal Taner Geri Dönüyor?". Sabah (in Turkish). 7 March 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Ayşe Arman (10 March 2012). Seyyal Taner 60 yaşında geri döndü (in Turkish). Hürriyet. 
  7. ^ Semra Kardeşoğlu (15 September 2002). "Gay’ler hangi şarkıcıları sever?". Milliyet. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Pop Müziğimizin En "Travesti" Kadınları". KAOS GL (in Turkish). 25 May 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Seyyal Taner diskografisi, (Turkish)
  10. ^ En Iyileriyle Seyyal Taner (2005),

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Klips ve Onlar
with "Halley"
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
with Lokomotif

Succeeded by
with "Sufi"