(Fun in The Church, Leverkusen)
As a child prodigy on the Bağlama (Saz) Ata Canani single-handedly invented Turkish Rock'n'Roll sung in German while still in his teens late in the 1970es, dropping socially aware tunes reflecting the discrimination and harsh living conditions Turkish "guest workers" were facing. Even by the low standards of German hospitality, they were by no means treated as "guests", only as cheap laborers, who were expected to eventually return to their home countries after having profited from the questionable "benefits" of their host country.
Ata was also a long-time member of the influential outfit "Die Kanaken", which also featured the Anadolu Rock originator Cem Karaca, who was then living exiled in Köln.
After years in relative obscurity, 2013 Ata was catapulted back into the eye of the music-loving public when his song "Deutsche Freunde" was one of the standout tracks on Trikont's seminal "Songs of Gastarbeiter" compilation. After a career of almost 45 years, Ata's debut album "Warte mein Land, warte" came out in May 2021 on Fun in the Church, and was critically highly praised.
Since then, Ozan Ata Canani has played more than 80 shows in Germany and the adjacent countries. The performer has been featured in Cem Kaya's award-winning documentary "Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm" and the concert-movie "Deutschlandlieder".
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