Turkey 2013 and press freedom, an extremely spicy mix – Karsu Dönmez & Füsün Erdogan

On 6 November 2013 by Carolien Geurtsen

 

I can’t listen to this song without tears, hidden staying behind my eye lids, easy flowing or something in between.
Normally I start my day and a post with a piece from Vrije Geluiden, this time i do it the other way around, as I am too touched by this version which I found yesterday, shortly after the verdict was published for Füsün Erdogan, what’s in a name, a Dutch-Turkish journalist in Turkey, sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

Which translates something like 
Fortunately the first 3,5 hours of my day were reasonably happy ones, now going to take a shower but more over, wash my mouth from that bad taste which is left behind because of the verdict #fusunerdoganshouldbefree

Bram Vermeulen, himself journo in Turkey with recent difficulties renewing his working permit, explained yesterday [Dutch] that the verdict is surprinsingly high and has everything to do with Füsün being a member of a leftish group and writing about her ideas on minorities in Turkey.Therefore she is considered an  Enemy of the State. In 2013…

Karsu Dönmez started performing years ago, in her parents restaurant in Amsterdam over the weekends. The same parents who were, when she was little, saving money to buy a car, but instead bought her a piano because she was so much longing to learn how to play. This after hearing Bach and Beethoven, and who I am following ever since the first time I saw her on TV.
She is now flying the globe, spreading her beauty and her talent all over the planet. And I need my daily portion of beauty to be able to cope with all which is happening in the world and more special in Turkey. Hence this 70 days journey towards 2014, music+text+pic. Playlist on Vrije Geluiden  Keeping my Wits

The above is an evening 2012 about Press Freedom and the lacking of it also all over the planet. So combined with yesterdays news this is my choice for the day.

I regret very much that CNN Türk has been taken off the cable here in my region, and decide this minute that I will start looking via the net, if poss, and start this minute with Turks.nl Karsu Dönmez @ Turkse talkshow ‘Burada Laf Çok’ – Turks.nl

dromen en nachtmerries - istanbul ©Carolien Geurtsen

Dreams and Nightmares

Ofourse this post and the music is dedicated to Füsün, and to all others who are wrongfully imprissoned anywhere at this moment

 

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Karsu Dönmez – Çok Uzaklarda
Press Freedom evening 2012
Published May 11th 2012

lyrics
(with translation)

Caddelerde rüzgar, aklimda ask var
(There is wind at streets and love in my mind)
Gece yarisinda, eski yagmurlar
(In the midnights ,old rains)
Sarki söylüyorlar, sesiz usulca
(Singing silent, slowly)
Özledigim simdi cok uzaklarda
(The one I missed is so far away now)

Deli dolu günler, hayat güzeldi
(Crazy and funny days,life was nice)
Kahkalariyla günler gecerdi
(Days had been passed with laughs)
Ellerim uzanmaz, dokunamamki
(my hands can’t reach I can’t touch)
Özledigim simdi cok uzaklarda
(Is so far away which I’ve been missed)

Oda özlüyormus, benim birtanem
(he has been missed my only one)
Cok üsüyormus, ben olmayinca
(Feel so cold when I ‘m not there)
Öyle yaziyor, son mektubunda
(Writing like that at his last letter)

Oda özlüyormus, benim birtanem
(he has been missed my only one)
Cok üsüyormus, ben olmayinca
(Feel so cold when I ‘m not there)
Öyle yaziyor, son mektubunda
(Writing like that at his last letter)

 Karsu’s website

 



2 Responses to “Turkey 2013 and press freedom, an extremely spicy mix – Karsu Dönmez & Füsün Erdogan”

  • Vikaash Mahabir

    Thanks for the translation of Cok Uzaklarda, one of my favourite Karsu songs. I can totally see why this song conveys the emotions you’ve been experiencing upon hearing about Füsün’s unjustful imprisonment..

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