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Everybody's song




   

 

 
 
Mediterranean region

In Turkey, the song is known as Katibim or Üsküdar’a gider iken. The most famous recordings are from Safiye Ayla (1907-1998) and Zeki Müren (1931–1996). Zeki Müren also starred in the film Kâtip (Üsküdara giderken) from 1968 (director: Sadık Şendil) in which the song plays an important role and which became very popular in Turkey and the Turkish diaspora.

In Greece the tune is known under several names: Apo tin Athina, Apo xeno or Eskoutari. One of the most famous Greek performers of the song is Glykeria (Kotsoula) who is very popular in Israel as well.

The melody is frequently referred to as Sephardic, e.g. by the Spanish band Mediterranea (Uskudara) and was recorded in Ladino (Judæo-Spanish) by KlezRoym, Italy's top klezmer group (Fel Shara). Another klezmer interpretation (Terk in Amerika) was recently released by the German band Di Grine Kuzine.

 

An Arabic version of the song (Banat Iskandaria) was recorded by Lebanese Mohammed El-Bakkar who died in the United States in 1959.

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