Ümit Besen

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Ümit Besen
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Ümit Besen in 2013
Background information
Birth nameAli Ümit Besen [1]
Born (1956-10-14) 14 October 1956 (age 64)
Osmaniye, Turkey
Genres Arabesque, Fantasy
InstrumentsKeyboards, synthesizer, Piano
Years active1973–present

Ümit Besen (born 14 October 1956) is a Turkish musical artist representing the darker side[ clarification needed ] of Tarabya school of electronic music. He started his professional career by playing keyboards and singing with his band at the local clubs in Adana, Southern Turkey. While he was in the army for his compulsory military service, a brigadier-general liked his style and appointed him to sing at the officers' mess. [2]


Rising popularity

After the completion of his 18 months service he returned to Adana. While singing and playing to make his living one day Turkish football legend Metin Oktay visited the club he was working at. Amazed by the power of his voice and his knowledge of synthesizers, Metin Oktay recommended him to his club owner friends in Istanbul.

In Istanbul, he kept playing at famous clubs and finally he was teamed up with songwriters Selami Şahin and Ahmet Selçuk İlkan to record his first LP. The result was not only a commercial success.


In 2015, the unforgettable hit of the 80's "Nikah Masası" was made into a duet with Ajda Pekkan with the accompaniment of the Enbe Orchestra. [3]

In 2016, Ümit Besen re-released his classical songs in a rock style album Başka under the label DMC, in which he performed duets with famous Turkish singers such as Feridun Düzağaç, Pamela, and Cem Adrian. Ümit Besen has also been featured on the rock songs of many singers including Teoman, Mirkelam, Emre Aydın, Manga, Yüksek Sadakat, Pinhani, Grup Seksendört, and Leyla The Band. [4] Umit Besen, who won the acclaim of critics with the slow love songs he sang in the 80's, gave an emphasis to the different spirit of that period by saying in an interview with Hakan Gence from Hürriyet that if his song "'Nikah Masası' would have not become a hit" if it was released now. [5]




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  1. "MÜYORBİR Asil Üye Listesi" (PDF). muyorbir.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  2. "Sanatçı Ümit Besen, Osmaniyeli Hemşehrileri İle Buluştu" (in Turkish). Medya73. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  3. The Music Box Turkey (6 March 2015). "Ajda Pekkan & Ümit Besen – Nikah Masası" via YouTube.
  4. "Ümit Besen'den 'Başka' bir albüm!". Dream TÜRK.
  5. "Ümit Besen: 'Nikah Masası'nı şimdi yazsam tutmazdı'".