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Bahadir Akkuzu (born 1955 in Istanbul - died August 6, 2009), was a Turkish musician who was a self-taught guitarist and vocalist.



Akkuzu began playing shows at the age of 15 and at the age of 17 joined a rock and roll group called "4 Adam". This was followed by a stint in "The Signal" and then a long career as a member of the Turkish/Anatolian psychedelic-progressive rock band Kurtalan Ekspres, which he joined in 1980. He was a contemporary of and worked with the famous Turkish musicians Cem Karaca, Erkin Koray, and Edip Akbayram. His band-mate and friend Barış Manço died in 1999 at the age of 56. Akkuzu took over singing duties for the band after his friend died.[1]

He was generally considered an experimental rock musician who cited many western influencs, among which were classic rock bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Bad Company, Humble Pie, Genesis, Ten Years After, and Rush.

He died of a heart attack on August 6, 2009.


With Kurtalan Ekspres

  • Hal Hal / Eğri Eğri Doğru Doğru Eğri Büğrü Ama Yine De Doğru (1981) (Türküola 239)
  • 3552 (2003 Sony Müsik)
  • Fourteen Numara (1986 Film score)

Kurtalan Ekspres Members[2]

  • Barış Manço
  • Ahmet Güvenç... Bass guitar
  • Eser Taşkıran... Keyboards
  • Cihangir Akkuzu... Drums
  • Bahadır Akkuzu... Gitar, vokal Guitar, vocals


External links

  • Kurtalan Ekspres MySpace Page
  • [1]
  • Turkish blog interview
  • [2]
  • Hit song "Hal Hal" video
  • [3]


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