Ozel Turkbas made five incredible records of authentic but fully modernized Turkish music on her own El-Ay label (last known address in Flushing, NY). Several feature even deep funk breaks, electric guitar, Moog synthesizer, and Middle Eastern organ solos. The music is the genius of arranger and conductor Tarik Bulut, clearly a master of the full spectrum of traditional Middle Eastern music (all types and instruments). Most or all of the LPs feature dance-instruction booklets. Typically there is one nearly side-long dance routine, and Ozel always sings on some cuts.
Born in 1940, Ozel starred in fourteen Turkish movies before being brought to the U.S. in 1959 to play La Orientale in Franco Zefirelli's production of Opera Thais. She had command of the Greek and Arabic languages and dances as well as Turkish. Major appearances included long runs in Texas and Washington, D.C. She graces the jacket of the early LP Keyif in Istanbul (Nina L-82) in addition to her own records.
Buying: All five are essential.
|7||How to Make Your Husband a Sultan; El-Ay 2687 (1/3 of Music for Belly Dancing; Murray Hill 944332)|
|9||How to Belly Dance for Your Sultan; El-Ay 2789|
|9||Dance Into Your Sultan's Heart; El-Ay 2877 (1/3 of Music for Belly Dancing; Murray Hill 944332)|
|8||Alla-Turca; El-Ay 2982; 1975 (1/3 of Music for Belly Dancing; Murray Hill 944332)|
|8||Kismet; El-Ay E-5436; 1978|
|The Art of Belly Dancing|
|The Belly Dancer in You|
|The Turkish Cookbook|
Hyp Records is a 3-part guide:
Shop Hip WaxSome items above may be available at Hip Wax
Hyp Records Guide © 1996 Hip Wax