The two brothers Cem and Ali are consummate musicians, singers,
composers, poets and arrangers of their own music. They have combined
their talents to create their musical style, which is a culmination
of many years work. They embrace electronics and incorporate them
into the traditional compositions. Their progressive musical sense
has actually made them Turkey's first alternative pop group in it's
history. Actually Cemali is carrying on a long family tradition
of folk poetry and innovative musical compositions and renditions.
Their father and grandfather are truly respected and loved bard
singers of the Anatolian Ashik folk tradition. Cemali’s recording
and performing career took them from San Francisco to around the
Overall the theme of Cemali’s music is universal love. That
is love of all beings on our earth in the sense of the great shaman
mysticism. Many songs deal with personal suffering and joy in the
hands of lovers allegorically transposed for their historical and
societal meaning. Their style is a unique blend of stirring melodies,
alternative rhythms, new age harmonies, and fascinating World Beat
woven with original contemporary poetry. Steeped in thousands of
years of Central Asian shamanism and Anatolian philosophy Cemali’s
compositions are flowing and effortless with a captivating rhythm.
Cemali have released albums both in Turkey and the United States.
“Duymak Istiyorum” is their debut album released in
1995, “Whirl” is the name of their second album, which
was released in U.S. in 1996. Their third album released in 1997
is titled “Yuh-Yuh”. The fourth album titled “Hayat?”
meaning “Life?” is one of their most anticipated albums.
Lyrical concept of the album is a journey into the essence of life
while so much cyber technology is being infused into our lives.
Listening to “Hayat?” one goes through a musical journey
in search of life’s joys and sorrows. It is the result of
daring musical creativity and a thoroughly enjoyable exhilaration.