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Kazım Koyuncu

Kâzım Koyuncu
Born (1971-11-07)November 7, 1971
Origin Turkey
Died June 25, 2005(2005-06-25) (aged 33)
Genres Rock, folk rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, activist
Years active 1992–2005

Kâzım Koyuncu (November 7, 1971 in a village of Hopa, Artvin Province, Turkey – June 25, 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey) was a Turkish singer-songwriter, and activist of Laz ethnicity.

Koyuncu recorded songs in a number of languages spoken along the northeastern Black Sea coast of Turkey, as well as the language of Laz. He was the founder and singer of Zuğaşi Berepe ("The Children of the Sea"), a folk rock group founded in 1993. Following the group's break-up in 2000, Koyuncu went on to record two solo albums, Viya! in 2001 and Hayde in 2004, which proved to be popular across Turkey and also in Georgia.

He died during treatment for lung cancer in 2005. Although strongly denied by Health Minister Recep Akdağ, it is popularly thought that the Chernobyl disaster was the cause of Koyuncu's cancer, a sentiment shared by many locals on Turkey's Black Sea coast.

Although he primarily sang in Turkish, he is most famous for having sung in Lazuri. His albums also contain several songs in Armenian, Homshetsi, Georgian and Megrelian.

He fought for nature and was against the construction of a nuclear reactor at Sinop on the northern Black Sea coast of Turkey. He was a well-known activist in environmental and cultural issues.


with Zuğaşi Berepe

  • 1995 Va Mişkunan ("We Don't Know" in Laz)
  • 1998 İgzas ("You Are Leaving" in Laz)
  • 1998 Bruxel Live

with Grup Dinmeyen

  • 1996 Sisler Bulvarı (Boulevard of Mists)

solo albums

  • 2001 Viya
  • 2004 Hayde
  • 2006 Dünyada Bir Yerdeyim (posthumously released)

External links

  • Kazım Koyuncu
  • Kazım Koyuncu: Anılar Düştü Peşime
  • Kazım Koyuncu: İşte Gidiyorum
  • Kazım Koyuncu: Didou Nana
  • Kazım Koyuncu: Ella Ella
  • Kazım Koyuncu & Şevval Sam: Gelevera Deresi
  • Kazım Koyuncu & Şevval Sam
  • Kazım Koyuncu Sarıgazi Festivali 2002 RapAtma&Koçari
  • Kazım Koyuncu Sarıgazi Festivali 2003 RapAtma&Koçari

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