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Mortissa Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Asphalt Tango
  • ASIN: B00D1QBRTI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Product Description

'Mortissa' (a strong independent woman) is an album of smyrneika/rebetiko songs in Greek and Turkish with musical roots in Anatolia. The music arose in the turbulent times of the 1920s. This is the music of the alternative, the underground scene, the music of freedom-loving people; appropriate for the current political situation. Although there have been many recordings of rebetiko over the years, Istanbul-born, London-based singer Cigdem Aslan presents a fresh take; an immigrant herself, a person from a minority ethnic group, a female singer in a usually male genre. Cigdem (pronounced 'Cheedem') has made her mark on the UK scene both as a solo artist - she has supported Yasmin Levy and Sezen Aksu at major venues - and as lead singer of the award-winning She'koyokh klezmer ensemble. With this debut album she is ready to take the stage as a star in her own right.

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Singer Cigdem Aslan was born in Turkey, but has been part of London s musical scene for several years, singing with the excellent klezmer and Balkan group She Koyokh. But her debut solo album shows she s a rising star and a truly sublime singer of rebetika the gorgeous, melancholic music that came out of the Greek and Turkish resettlements of the 1920s. Aslan makes these songs, in Greek and Turkish, her own and has assembled a spectacular band of instrumentalists with sublime solos on clarinet, violin and kanun zither. The music is at turns ebullient, seductive and introspective. This isn t just a great record from London musicians, but a release of international significance. FIVE STARS --London Evening Standard

Absolutely stunning stuff...it is so infectious --Cerys Matthews, BBC 6

startlingly good --fROOTS magazine

Absolutely stunning stuff...it is so infectious --Cerys Matthews, BBC 6

startlingly good --fROOTS magazine

Absolutely stunning stuff...it is so infectious --Cerys Matthews, BBC 6

startlingly good --fROOTS magazine

Absolutely stunning stuff...it is so infectious --Cerys Matthews, BBC 6

startlingly good --fROOTS magazine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Balasa Odon on 14 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I love this album. Cigdem Aslan's voice communicates something beyond the words, something of the spirit of rebetiko. But the CD has translations of all the songs and excellent notes, which really opens the door on them. Some are quite funny. Some are just beautiful. The band is top class and there are some fine solos, particularly on kanun and clarinet. It's amazing that such a great album of old Greek and Turkish songs should be recorded in London, but it's not surprising to learn that it was selected as an Album Of The Year 2013 by Songlines Magazine and is appearing in a number of end of year charts. Even if you've never had a holiday on a Greek island or explored the back streets of Istanbul or Athens, this album will take you there in an instant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pavel tsimbl-grimpler on 26 Feb. 2014
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Someone commented that this was like Greek pop music, I think... Well, it share roots, but is distinguishable from run-of-the-mill Greek music by the line-up of traditional instruments played at a very high level of skill & musicianship. My only slight criticism is that it perhaps misses some of the rawness & rough edges of early rebetika - but it is still a very fine CD!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria Karanika on 3 Jan. 2014
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A wonderful compilation of Greek and Turkish songs, sang from the heart, by a very talented woman, accompanied by a very talented band. I grew up with some of these songs and now live abroad. Wvery time I listen to this CD I am fuill of warm nostalgia!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Reynolds on 12 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I have just read reviews in the Telegraph and Guardian. Their 3 stars make this sound like an average product. I think it is beautiful. Nice and easy on the ear just like a Turkish Bollywood. Cigdem sings the music perfectly. I thoroughly recommend.
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