Part of MeltdownThursday 2 August 2012
Legendary Anatolian folk singer Selda Bagcan makes a very rare appearance in the UK as part of Antony's Meltdown.
Born in 1948, Bagcan showed an interest in music from an early age taking up the guitar and reinterpreting hundred-year-old Turkish folk songs. She has always written songs that convey her strong political views, and during the 1980s when Turkey was experiencing an unstable period politically, her passport was seized, preventing her from appearing at WOMAD, and she was imprisoned on two occasions.
More recently, her music has been sampled by bootleg dance producers 2Many DJs and hip-hop artist and producer Mos Def.