My family called me ‘Langıdı Elif’

“Samsak Döveci” performed by Elif Buse Doğan and Serkan Çağrı in their program called “Nefesten Sese” broke social media records. Elif Buse Doğan says of the folk song’s sudden virality: “The caps were very creative, I think that’s the reason.”

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The same folk song has been on everyone’s lips lately: “Langıdılanlar langıdılanlan/ Samsak tattooci / Gümbüdü gümmbam gümmbam gümmbam / Ebegümeci…” “Samsak Döveci”, which went viral after being sung on TRT Music’s “Nefesten Sese” show , reached 500 hits millions of views on TikTok. Folk music artist Elif Buse Doğan, who breathed life into the song with her voice, said: “I’ve made many albums. With a piece that I never expected, I made my voice available to a larger audience.” Regarding Serkan Çağrı, the other host of the show, who had no disagreement about this song when we were interviewed, he says: “Serkan Abi suggested the play and I read it with pleasure”.

* Why do you think this song suddenly went viral?
It went viral overnight with hilarious videos captured by phenomena on TikTok. Caps were very creative, that’s why I think.

* What does your family say about the fact that you suddenly came to the fore with this song?
They called me “Langıdı Elif” (laughs).

* How did the decision to sing Turkish in the program come about?
Every Sunday at 22:00, we prepare and present the music entertainment program “Nefesten Sese” starring Serkan Çağrı on TRT Music screens. Serkan Abi suggested this work and I read it with pleasure. I posted this part some time after its release on TikTok and other platforms. A couple of my phenomenal friends made a video and brought it to this point.

* Türku was viewed 3.5 million times on YouTube in 3 weeks. What return do you get?
3.5 million YouTube views of TRT Music channel. It has surpassed 500 million views on TikTok. There are those who love a lot and those who are very angry (laughs). The girls usually say, “I can’t get it out of my head, it enters my dreams at night.”

* In fact, there are comments like “It plays in my head all the time, I can’t stop it”. How is it so unforgettable?
I think the biggest factor is that the chorus of the folk song is a rhyme.

* What exactly do Turkish words mean?
This is a folk song inspired by a nursery rhyme in Tavşanlı district of Kütahya. His words are inspired by the local dialect of Tavşanlı. Emel Doğrun compiled Orhan Kasap’s folk song. It was a folk song usually sung in men’s entertainment, women didn’t know much.

* Has the power of social media surprised you?
Oops! I’ve been making albums for years and releasing many singles. But with a piece I never expected, I brought my voice to a larger audience through an impromptu PR (promotion) process.

* Your voice was perceived by many as “very clean”. Is there anything you do to protect your voice?
I’m always training, I take singing lessons from time to time. I have never smoked. I make sure not to eat hot or cold.

* What do you do besides being interested in music?
Sports and traveling are my biggest hobbies.

* How does singing in Turkish feel?
Where I am liberated, where I experience great healing. I leave the world behind.

* Which master names inspire you the most?
There are many names… Âşık Veysel, Muharrem Ertaş, Neşet Ertaş, Hacı Taşan, Kazancı Bedih, Muhlis Akarsu, Âşık Mahzuni Şerif, Davut Sulari…

* Do you think that our folk songs are not well known?
Folk music is actually living music. There is no problem with the people of the country recognizing it. Wherever I go, my concerts are always full. This is more than my success, the success of folk music. I think this idea exists because the print media, the visual media and the radio don’t give enough space to folk songs. Folk music is a way of life. The origin and essence of the people of our country. Although it feels like it is forgotten from time to time, it stands in a very beautiful place and gives very good things to everyone.

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“I have 2 albums, 13 singles”
Elif Buse Dogan:

*I was born in Kocaeli in 1993. My grandparents, father, uncle, mother are interested in music as a hobby. For a child growing up in this environment, becoming a musician was inevitable.

* First I took baglama lessons, then I entered singing competitions in elementary school and won degrees. My music education, which began at the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Conservatory, continued at the Kocaeli Anatolian Fine Arts High School.

* I completed my university education at Istanbul Technical University, Turkish Music State Conservatory, Department of Voice Education, Turkish Folk Music, Master Degree.
I graduated from Haliç University Turkish Conservatory of Music. Now I’m doing my doctoral studies at the Music and Performing Arts Department of Yıldız Technical University.

* I have been hosting a music entertainment program at TRT Music since 2016, I have 2 albums and 13 singles.

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SERKAN ÇAĞRI: “This song has brought back our long lost joy”

*I have been making a music program on TRT Music for a long time. We did it with Zara for a while. Then it continued with Elif Buse Doğan.
* Years ago I was a member of Grup Laçin. The whole repertoire, which I used to like to do with my bandmates, but which was still unknown at the time, I brought into the program “Nefesten Sese”. I thought it would be good to reinterpret these works.

* It would not be correct to say that it was a coincidence because I found the words of “Samsak Döveci” interesting. There was another play like this that I loved for years and that the younger generation wanted to get to know again; “Cymbals and Strings”. We said with Elif that we would re-record and edit these two works that we interpreted in the program. However, “Samsak Döveci” that aired on the show was very popular with music lovers before we could even realize it. It filled our long-lost joy.
* Of course we shouldn’t forget all the experienced ‘Nefesten Sese Orchestra’ who revealed this. Because the commitment and energy of our team members contributed significantly to the popularity of this folk song.

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