Sinan Erbil

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Sinan Erbil
Birth name Sinan Erbil
Born (1965-01-11) 11 January 1965 (age 52)
Origin Erbil, Iraq
Genres Turkish folk music, Azerbaijani music
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1983 - present
Labels Kerkuk Sesi
Associated acts Nuray Hafiftas

Sinan Erbil (born 11 January 1965) is an Iraqi Turkmen singer. His latest album is the politally charged "Neden Ağlar Kerkük'üm?", featuring Nuray Hafiftas along with a host of world class musicians ıncludıng Erdinç Şenyaylar.

Early life[edit]

Sinan Erbil was born in Erbil, Iraq. He is fluent in Iraqi Turkmen ("South Azeri" or "Iraqi Turkish"), Turkish (very closely related to Turkmen), Arabic and English. His father, was the owner of a popular coffee shop in Erbil. At the age of four Erbil began learning Turkish folk music from his mother. He would later go on to perform at his fathers Coffee shop whilst capturing the hearts of his father's customers. Although his parents encouraged his passion for music, they also were mindful in restricting him from spending all his time on it.[citation needed]


In 1983, he received one year tutition from the Iran/Azerbaycan music academy. [clarification needed] As a result of political unrest, he later migrated to Turkey enlisting in a specialised bağlama (Turkish guitar) course & later on became involved in the Turkish music arts via Niğde. Later, he returned to Ankara and enlisted for another year in studying Turkish classical and folk music. In 1992 he performed in an Opera musical in Athens. In 1993 Sinan migrated to Sydney, Australia, where he became immediately involved with the Australian Turkmen & Turkish Association. To further strengthen his musical abilities, he joined the Sydney Turkish Arts Academy. Whilst there, he was taught by the world-renowned classical musician Sabahattin Akdağcık & starred in many performances that were put together by the academy which involved another well known classical musician, Kemal Toprak.[citation needed]



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