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Musa Eroğlu: Portrait Of A Great Musician

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Musa Eroğlu is a prominent Turkish folk musician and bağlama virtuoso. He was born in 1946 in the Kumaçukuru village of Mut district in Mersin, Turkey. He was a child of poor parents and had six siblings, being the eldest of seven children. He completed his secondary education in Mut and developed an interest in music at a young age, learning to play the bağlama, a traditional Turkish stringed instrument.

In 1964, he moved to Ankara and attempted to become a radio artist, but was unsuccessful. He tried again in 1971 and was accepted as a radio artist at Ankara Radyo. Musa Eroğlu was deeply influenced by his role as Karacaoğlan in a school performance during his middle school years and continued to pursue music.

In 1966, he enlisted in the military and released his first album, “İkimiz Toprağa Girelim Elif”, upon completing his service in 1968. He collected and performed songs from Taşeli region of Turkey, including İrfaniye, Kullar Olam, Sarı Yaylam, Yatamadım Kasavetten, and Aman Ayşam, among others.

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Musa Eroğlu gained widespread recognition in Turkey with his song “Mihriban“, and throughout his career, he collaborated with numerous artists, including Bedia Akartürk, Neşet Ertaş, Orhan Gencebay, Belkıs Akkale, İbrahim Tatlıses, Aşık Mahsuni Şerif, and Gülşen Kutlu. He laso made countless recordings of traditional Turkish music.

He enriched Turkish folk music by composing music for traditional songs, including Yolun Sonu, Halil İbrahim, and Telli Turnam, and contributed significantly to the development of social commentary through music.

In 1998, he was awarded the title of State Artist by the Ministry of Culture in Turkey. Musa Eroğlu was made efforts to introduce Turkish folk music to younger generations and to make it accessible to a wider audience. He has given concerts and performances in many countries worldwide, including Australia, Europe, the United States, and various Turkish Republics.

Musa Eroğlu’s music reflects the beauty and richness of his homeland and culture, and he is regarded as one of the most prominent and respected figures in Turkish folk music.

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