After releasing Çamur’s Çığrık and Gormot’s Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım, the third song of the Moğollar Tribute album “Güm Güm” will be released on Friday, January 7, on the 76th birthday of the legendary drummer of the Moğollar, Engin Yörükoğlu. Because Güm Güm is the only composition of Engin Yörükoğlu, who passed away on April 23, 2010. Ediz Hafızoğlu, who is a versatile drummer like Yörükoğlu, recorded the song with his band Nazdrave.
Various artist from different genres will cover one of songs of Moğollar, and each song will be released in a period. The total tribute album will be released as vinyl on December 6, 2022, Moğollar’s 55th birthday. While musicians with different musical approaches reinterpret the songs chosen from the Moğollar discography, the cover images of these songs will be designed by the rising names of the illustration world. Thus, with this project, it is aimed to make an important note in our music history, both musically and visually. In this context, Simay Bahçıvan drew the cover of Güm Güm.
Ediz Hafızoğlu discovered Moğollar’s music when he was studying Kabataş High School which Cahit Berkay was among its graduates. He met with Cahit Berkay in an interview at school. While studying at Bilgi University, he took lessons from Serhat Ersöz, who was teaching in the music department at that time. One evening, Engin Yörükoğlu came to club where Ediz Hafızoğlu plays, and they’ve chat for hours after the program. Then, Ediz Hafızoğlu and the Moğollar constantly meet at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Airport conversations go on for years.
Ediz Hafızoğlu tells an interesting memory about Engin Yörükoğlu as follows; “One day, my aunt, who is a nurse at Çapa Oncology, said on the phone, ‘I have a patient Ediz, he is a drummer like you, I’ll introduce you if you come to the hospital’. Turns out it was Engin Abi who was sick. I couldn’t believe it. When I recovered after the treatment, when we met again at Atatürk Airport, when I said, “Brother, Nurse Gılman, who is looking after you, is my aunt,” he couldn’t believe it either. Life is full of such coincidences. Now my sister is a nurse in the same service. Whenever I visit her, I always think of Engin Abi…”
When Ediz Hafızoğlu became aware of the project and wanted to be a part of it with his band Nazdrave, the song choice was naturally “Güm Güm”. It was natural because an Engin Yörükoğlu’s song should be covered by a drummer. Ediz Hafızoğlu’s version of Güm Güm, in which Ediz Hafızoğlu uses the freedom of choosing an instrumental song to the fullest, is a candidate to be one of the most interesting songs of the album. It is not yet clear how many bands will be in the Project, as it is a project open to anyone who wants to be included in the tribute album. However, it is already clear that Güm Güm will be one of the most exclusive songs.
Born on September 19, 1980 in Silistra, Bulgaria, Ediz Hafızoğlu’s musical life began with his father’s teaching to how play the darbuka and his grandfather’s insistence to make him learn how to play saz / bağlama at the age of 7.
He travels almost all over the country with the “Sakin Tuna Art Ensemble” established in Bulgaria since 1992, plays the darbuka, takes part in numerous concerts and wins awards in competitions. He started playing the drums in 1995 with the Kabataş High School Orchestra.
In 2000, he entered Mimar Sinan University, Department of Industrial Design.
In 2003, he won the Jazz Performance Department of Istanbul Bilgi University with a full scholarship. Here he works with valuable teachers such as Ricky Ford, Cengiz Baysal, Donovan Mixon, Can Kozlu, Selen Gülün. In the same period, he made special studies with Aydın Esen.
Ediz Hafızoğlu, who has played drums in more than 200 albums for years, continues his solo career with the Nazdrave project. His first album “Nazdrave” was released in 2014, second Nazdrave feat. Harald Lassen released “Live At 22nd Istanbul Jazz Festival” is released in 2016 and third album “Nazdrave 13” is released in 2018. Ediz Hafızoğlu also released an EP called “Three Folk Songs” in 2019 with Nazdrave project.
In addition to the Nazdrave project, the other projects and bands he plays with are; Ceza, Jülide Özçelik, Elif Çağlar Quartet, Cem Tuncer Quartet, Reflections, Alp Ersönmez “Cereyanlı”
Some of the musicians he has worked with so far: Ricky Ford, Dusko Goykovich, Eddie Henderson, Arto Tunç Boyacıyan, İmer Demirer, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Randy Brecker, İbrahim Maalouf, Wolfgang Muthspiele, Paula West, Kevin Mahagony…