Defne Sahin’s singing on Yasamak (DMCHR 71097) of the poetry of Nazim Hikmet is in Turkish but her sound transcends language barriers.
Some recordings transcend language barriers. Defne Sahin has a beautiful and flexible voice and a strong feeling for jazz. While she is accompanied by a fine trio on this set comprised of Matti Klein on piano and Fender Rhodes electric piano, bassist Ofer Wetzler and drummer Lucia Martinez, Ms. Sahin arranged and composed all of the music (other than two of the dozen songs). Even more impressive is that she set the words of Russian poet Nazim Hikmet to music.
All of Dafne Sahin’s singing is in Turkish, but fortunately the liner notes that accompany Yasamak inclulde English translations of the lyrics. Among the stories are a plea for racial differences, a tribute to the sea, the difficulties of reconciling physical differences, the joy and wisdom of children, various problems of dealing with love relationships, and tributes to nature.
The philosophy found in these poems (and now songs) is universal. And while Defne Sahin’s singing is in a different language (except for those who know Turkish), the honest emotions that she expresses, as well as her attractive tones, can be appreciated and enjoyed by all.