🇹🇷 Bastırın Kızlar: Can Bonomo pens Sertab’s new song about women empowerment
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
TURKEY – After competing unsuccessfully in two national Eurovision Song Contest finals in 1989 and 1990, Sertab Erenerr was internally selected in 2003 and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, representing Turkey with the song “Every Way That I Can”, co-written by Demir Demirkan.
The song went on to top charts in countries all over Europe, including Sweden and Greece. In the wake of her Eurovision success, Erener released her first English-language album, No Boundaries, in 2004.
Her renditions of “Here I Am” and Bob Dylan’s “One More Cup of Coffee” were used in international movie soundtracks. “One More Cup of Coffee” was used in the soundtrack to Masked and Anonymous a semi-biopic of Bob Dylan.
Bonomo was born in İzmir, Turkey to a Sephardic Jewish Turkish family. At the age of 17, he began his official career as a vocal productionist in Istanbul. At the same time, Can went on with studying TV and cinema at the Istanbul Bilgi University with his programmes being aired on popular radio channels such as Number 1 FM, Radio101 and Radio Class.
Then his radio programmes were followed by programmes in international TV channels such as MTV and Number One TV.’ Sephardic culture and the ancient language of exiled Spaniard Jew’s are the main elements that shaped his music.
After his musical career, he began to write poetry and publish poetry books. His first poetry book was named “Delirmek Belirmektir” (2014) and it was published by Küçük İskender.
In January, 2012, he was internally selected to represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In February 2012, Can revealed his song “Love Me Back” to the public. He placed seventh with the song at the contest’s final competition on 26 May 2012.