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Bärenmann 1

by Bergen

Published 2013, Duration 4:31


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Bergen is one of the most successful Turkish singers and a pioneer in the Turkish arabesque genre. When she was 17, she quit her job at a Turkish post office so that she could pursue her dream of performing on stage. Her personal life was influential in her gloomy sound and led to her success. Her husband threw nitric acid on her face resulting in blindness in her right eye. Despite this, she continued singing and chose to cover the blind eye with her long hair. This event added more depth to her songs and resulted in her songs being sung with pain and sorrow. She has been called the "Woman of Pain." She is most known for her song, "Acıların Kadını", the lead single from her 1986 album of the same name. She also starred in the moive, "Acıların Kadını" as well. Bergen released eight albums and all of them reissued later. After her husband had came out of the jail, he shot Bergen six times when she was on the road for a tour to promote her last studio album "Yıllar Affetmez" on August 14, 1989. Bergen died at the age of 30, but her legacy and influence in the arabesque music scene is still relevant today. Her songs has been included arabesque or nostalgia concept albums, and covered by several artists such as Işın Karaca, Funda Arar, Muazzez Ersoy, and Emrah.

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