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Sezen Aksu
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Sezen Aksu

Sezen Aksu (born 13 July, 1954) is a Turkish pop music singer, popular both with a mass audience in Turkey, and with world music fans internationally.

Sezen Aksu was born in Izmir, Turkey on 13 July, 1954, and began to study at the local agricultural institute, but gave up her studies to concentrate on music full time. She released her first single, Haydi Şansım/Gel Bana (Come on My Luck/Come to Me) in 1974. However, she remained undiscovered until her 1976 single Olmaz Olsun/Vurdumduymaz (The Impossible Should Be/Stolid) reached number one in the Turkish charts. Her first album was the 1978 Serçe (Sparrow).

In the coming years, Aksu also acted in two films and opened a live music club in Istanbul. Her music throughout these years remained conventional, but melodic, pop, perhaps best exemplified by Gülümse (Smile) of 1991.

In 1995, Aksu branched out with the experimental album Işık Doğudan Yükselir (The Light Rises in the East), drawing both on western classical and regional Turkish musical traditions. Made in the best traditions of progressive rock, this made her name outside Turkey and gave her a devoted world music following across Europe.

Sezen Aksu has been married and divorced four times. She has one son by her first husband, Sinan Özer.

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