Why Cry? Sezen Aksu's Diva Citizenship

in The Republic of Love

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226775050
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226775074 | DOI:
Why Cry? Sezen Aksu's Diva Citizenship

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This chapter explores pop diva Sezen Aksu's 1995 album, Işık doğudan yükselir, Ex Oriente lux (Light from the East) in relation to the radical transformations of Turkey's neoliberal 1990s. It discusses how Aksu's version of the song “Ne ağlarsın” became an icon of national soulfulness. In part, its iconic status rested on its evocation of a deeply familiar trope: nation imagined as suffering woman.

Keywords: Sezen Aksu; popular music; Turkish music; neoliberalism; Turkey; Işık doğudan yükselir, Ex Oriente lux; nation; suffering woman

Chapter.  18117 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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