Music and Lyrics – Zeynep Ozbilen
Turkish version of Papa Don’t Give Me Away
Composed by Zeynep- Ozbilen in May-June 2016.
“Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. That is 28 girls every minute. 1 Every 2 seconds. Over 700 million women alive today were married as children.” a Statistical data from “Girls not Brides” organization’s website.
Being originally from Turkey, which is situated geographically, culturally and historically in the starting point of one of the regions where there exists serious amount of “Human Rights” and specifically Women’s rights’ abuse issues, I have always been very concerned and actively involved in “Women’s Human Rights” issues since an early age. Although in Turkey, this issue is not such a common practice compared to some other counties and geographies, it still exists within certain groups. Being one of the lucky women surrounded by great men since my childhood (with special thanks to my dear father, who has supported me in all my life choices) I feel the strong urge and the responsibility to speak up for the less unfortunate ones.
Child marriage happens across countries, cultures, and religions, which is believed to be fuelled by gender inequality, poverty, traditions, and insecurity. Although child marriage looks different from one community to the next band hence solutions must be local and contextual, I wanted to contribute to the cause by composing a generic song which is a cry out by children to their elders, who are the ones deciding for children.
Besides piano, bass and drums, additional instrumentation include instruments especially Turkish clarinet played by the one-and-only – Husnu Senlendirici of Turkey and percussions from the regions of Anatolia, Middle East and North Africa, played by another one-and-only – Chendy Leon of Canada. The great arrangement by Jeremy Ledbetter is like a translation of my feelings into the music form. Thank you all.
Arrangement – Jeremy Ledbetter
Vocal – Zeynep Ozbilen
Piano – Jeremy Ledbetter
Bass – Roberto Riveron
Drums – Marito Marques
Percussion – Chendy Leon
Clarinet – Hüsnü Şenlendirici
Violin – Aleksandar Gajic
Violin – Aysel Taghi-Zada
Viola – Vedran Curic
Chello – Jonathan Tortolano