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Ağır Halay

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BACKGROUND

Information: A dance.

Translation: Slow dance

Pronunciation: AIR HAH-ligh

Region: Turkey


COMMENT

Tayyar Akdeniz Ahmet Lüleci Tayyar Akdeniz taught Ağır Halay in Chicago in the 1990s as a two-part dance.

Ahmet Lüleci later added a third step and did it to the music "Saza Niye Gelmedin," a song in the video "Mavi Mavi" by Ibrahim Tatlises, a Kurd from east Turkey.

It is sung by Güler Işık (the way most folk dancers know it).

It is a very powerful recording and a good recording to demonstrate Cucuna rhythm (pronounced "joorjoona"): 10/8 divided 3+2+2+3.

–John Uhlemann


LYRICS

Karşıda yâra gurban
Vay lele lele lele hele lele le
Terlemiş yüze gurban
Yâr göynüm senin ömrüm

Bezenmiş toydan gelmiş
Vay lele lele lele hele lele le
Gaş gara göze gurban
Yâr göynüm senin ömrüm

Değirmen boş dolanır
Suyu sarhoş dolanır
Yârdan bir kuşağ gelmiş
Belime beş dolanır
 
  Across the street, Gurban
Wow lele lele lele hele lele le
Sweaty face, Gurban
My love heart is your life

Came from embellished toy
Wow lele lele lele hele lele le
Eyes and eyes
My love heart is your life

The mill runs empty
Drunk with water
A generation has come from love
Five on my waist
 

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