Ahmet Altýparmak has Died

Cyprus – Famous darbuka and def player Ahmet Altýparmak, the last living
representative of Mehmetaliler, a band which has a very
important place in Turkish Cypriot folk music history, died on August 4,
2004.

Altýparmak was born on 6 December 1918. He started professional music
life in 1941. During his 55 years of active music life he has
performed with many other famous musicians including Ahmet Becerikli
and Mehmetali Tatliyay. He played in wedding ceremonies and other
entertainment events, and also in radio programs. Last year in September 2003, Ahmet Altýparmak performed again (with
Greek Cypriot violinist Angelis Vasiliu) at an event which was
organised by HASDER (Folk Arts Institute) with the aim of
commemorating people who contributed to Turkish Cypriot folklore and
culture.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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