Chapulling in rythm: Music from Taksim Square

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|October 22, 2013|Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The social movement in Turkey has engendered some remarkable music that can be sampled on this website:

capulcular.bandcamp.com

It is called “Capulcular Sarkisi” of the “Songs of the Capulcus”.  Prime Minister Erdoğan called the protestors “çapulcu” which means vandals or marauders. The demonstrators and online activists in this movement quickly reappropriated this term, anglicizing it (chapuller) and verbifying it (capuling/chapulling), giving it the meaning of “fighting for your rights (in a peaceful and humorous manner)”.

There are over 80 songs (mostly in Turkish) from multiple genres, a veritable playlist of the movement.

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