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,

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