Kurtalan Ekspres pays tribute to Barış Manço with new album
Legendary Anatolian psychedelic rock group Kurtalan Ekspres has taken a trip down memory lane, paying tribute to the late Turkish rocker Barış Manço with a new album, “Göğe Selam” (Greetings to Heaven).
Pioneering figures in present-day Turkish rock music, including Teoman, Emre Aydın, Bülent Ortaçgil, Feridun Düzağaç, Erkan Oğur and Gür Akad, feature on the album, which breathes life into old Manço classics, including “Gülpembe,” “Kara Sevda,” “Yeni Bir Gün” and “Dağlar Dağlar.”
As well as paying tribute to the great Manço, who founded Kurtalan Ekspres in 1972 and dedicated himself to the progression and music of the band until his death in 1999, the group also pays homage to other prominent figures in the band’s history and Turkish rock music in general, including Cem Karaca, a man widely recognized as one of the most important figures in the Anatolian rock movement, and self-taught musician Bahadır Akkuzu, who played for the band for seven years.
On the album, fans will be pleased to hear many of the original technical effects that characterized the group’s earlier music, including use of the original 1970s analog keyboards, featured throughout the collection.