Aşık Veysel: Brother, do not look down on me

Aşık Veysel: Brother, do not look down on me08/10/2016 (Sabah – Turkey): “Ashik (literally meaning “lover”) is a special name given to local bards who sing and play folklore tunes. The ashik and his or her “saz” (long-necked Turkish lute) are as old as Turkish culture. For centuries, maybe even for millennia, ashiks have amused their audiences. Though having a solid place in Turkish society, the ashik culture has suffered a fall in the 20th century. Cemal Süreya, the famous “İkinci Yeni” (Second New) poet declared, in an infamous article published in 1966, that folklore was the enemy of poetry. According to Süreya, folkloric songs were good for their musical qualities; however, according to him, the ashik was not a true poet any more. His example was Aşık Veysel, the latest celebrity of ashik culture. Süreya explained that Veysel’s singing, though it amused people, was filled with clichés…

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