Moved From The National To The Local Memory Of The Music and Voices From Abroad

Alpyildiz E.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.96, pp.84-93, 2012 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 96
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.84-93
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


The first choral band of Turkish folk music that is called "Country's Voice Choir" for many years served as a high school in our country and contributed to institutionalizing of folk music. However, it has not been examined alone and has not been the sole subject of any research so far. Only the historical aspects of the "Country's Voice Choir" are emphasized in various sources but there has not been a study on the function, activities, educational system, performances, cultural services and the criticized aspects of the Choir as well as its effects on the present day. This situation created a need for an independent scientific research of the "Country's Voice Choir". The beginning of the cultural journey of "Country's Voice Choir" as a radio program and continuation of its activities under the structure of the radio made it necessary to consider the institutional history of the Choir and the process of radio broadcasting in our country together. The launch of the radio in Turkey, which is one of the mass communication medium, and the inclusion of folk music programmes in its broadcast have not only accelerated the way folk songs of one region are communicated to the another but also broadened the extent of this communication nationwide. Beginning with the individual samples of the folk singers, or asiklar and local artists, this process gained acceleration by transforming into an institutional, systematic and scientific framework with the foundation of "Country's Voice Choir". In our country, throughout different periods, the presentation of the folk songs obtained through compilation studies to the listener via radio has contributed to the sustainability of a tradition called "Country's Voice Choir" by means of a common language in our country. In this respect, in this article the institutional history of "Country's Voice Choir" which still maintains its activities will be addressed and a multi-faceted analysis of the Choir will be carried out.