USKUTARI GIDER IKDI

Created on 15/06/2003
Latest update on 04/02/2016

Artist: Avedis
Author: traditional
Year: 1900

Better known as Üsküdara Gider Iken (On The Way To Üsküdar), the name of the Asian part of Istanbul. As such crediting Muzaffer Serysözen/Nuri Halil Poynaz. Avedis was a 12 year old boy from Armenia, recorded by etno musicologist Felix von Luschau in Zencirli (south east Turkey).

Covers:

1910s:

Radoslav Stojadinovic [as Poletela Dva Bijela Goluba on the Favorite label (cut in Linden, GER)]

1916:

Joseph Moskowitz [Klezmer version in Medley Of Turkish Melodies]

1924:

Naftule Brandwein [as Der Terk In America]

1949:

Safiye Ayla [as Katibim Türküsü; Kitt's example (and look-alike)]

1954:

Eartha Kitt [as Usku Dara (A Turkish Tale)]

1955:

Tobi Rix en zijn Toeteriks [as Uska Dara (Het Stille Stadje)]

1963:

Adams

1964:

Necdet Varol

1967:

Herbie Mann [as Uskudar]

1968:

Zeki Müren [in Turkish film Kâtip (Üsküdara giderken]

1978:

Boney M [melody line halfway through Rasputin; n°2 UK]

1996:

Brooklyn Funk Essentials

1997:

Goede Doel

1998:

Burning Bush [as Terk In America]

2001:

Burham Öçal & Jamaaladeen Tacuma feat. Natacha Atlas

2006:

Loreena McKennitt [as Sacred Shabbat]

2007:

Tose & Synthesis [Tose Proeski (the Balkan Elvis) as Oj Devojce]

2013:

Pink Martini [as Uskudar]

The Greek call it a Greek song (Mitibini, about the loss of a money loaded handkerchief between Athens and Pyraeus), Bosnians in Sarajevo know it as Anadolka and Bosnian Muslims use the melody as a provocation in their eternal holy war (banned under Tito). Macedonia calls it a Derwish song: Pace De Drenovci, about a beautiful woman in a village near Prilep. Gypsies from Serbia associate it with Koshtana, another beauty who sang it as a love song. Finally in Bulgaria this is a nationalist song in the Petrova Niva region, where they still celebrate a century old victory over the Ottoman Empire and where they surely don't want to know that the rest of the world regards it as a Turkish song!

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