In 2013, Turkish-German author, music compiler and DJ, Imran Ayata stumbled upon a poor quality video snippet from the eighties featuring a young man named Ozan Ata Canani playing saz and singing in German a tale of Turkish Gastarbeiter life in Germany.  The song was called “Deutsche Freunde” and Imran Ayata was floored by the sincerity and force of the message, not to ...

Imran Ayata (1969) is a Turkish-German author, music compiler and sometime DJ. Together with Bülent Kullukçu, he put out a collection of immigrant music, Songs of Gastarbeiter Vol. 1  in 2013, after rediscovering and resuscitating the career of a little known Turkish balladeer, Ozan Ata Canani. Earlier this year Ayata and  Kullukçu came out with Songs of Gastarbeiter Vol. 2, the centerpiece being a new ...