Watching ‘The Voice’ in Turkey – Classic and Melodious

It’s interesting watching The Voice in Turkey – click on the picture below.  My knowledge of the language is small, so it’s fortunate that the Turkish are extremely expressive vocally.  The inter-action between the judges is better than a night in watching Coronation Street.   Both the lady judges/coaches – one dark and husky, Ebru Gundes – and a popular singer in the classical, melodious sound of Eastern music.  The other blond, dynamic and more of a Western style singer – clearly they both have their eyes on the Diva stakes.  In the first episode it looks as though Miss blond Dynamite will win  the battle as Ebru sits smouldering in her magnificent sultriness while her counterpart is up on stage in her sleeveless and somewhat backless jumpsuit and skyscraper heels singing to an adolescent girl she’s picked out from a cheering audience.  In the next episode we see her in a long sleeved dress while her sultriness is looking more chilled, with flowing hair.  When her sultriness is addressing a girl singer that she wants on her team she indicates that her fellow female judge may do a lot of talking but she is the shy one …”Although I appear strong I am in fact very shy.  I like you – please be in my group.” The girl singer, who happened to be from The Ukraine, which was why everyone was speaking in English, said “it’s a pity you left it to the last minute to turn round.”  Her sultriness took it with good grace, as the girl singer went into the group with the young male coach and not her female team rival. A couple of very promising female singers – Western style – lost out and I wonder if it’s the same as in the English version of The Voice where only the belters and twangers get through.  Some speaking voices seemed to suffer.  A young man, a rapper, was so closed in with his shoulders that clearly very little breath was getting through to his voice.  When he spoke, it sounded painful and I would doubt that he could last the series unless he gets some voice release.  Some people feel that it’s a choice between clear speech or a rich voice. Untrue.
Turkish Utube


A Max Your Voice Network Party

It was just great to see the alumni from the Max Your Voice training programmes’ past – and enjoy their company and the entertainment on December 5th. A special thank you to the excellent stand up and inspirational coach Tim Dingle, the amazing singer/songwriter Andrea Black and the award winning stand up comedienne, Julie Kertesz.  Especially grateful to Julie for coming to entertain us while she’s still recovering from a fall 6 months ago.  It may have temporarily affected the use of her right leg but it has done nothing to affect her comedy timing which is as brilliant as before.  Julie Kertesz received the silver award for the best comedy newcomer when she was seventy. The many friendly faces and the fun we had meant a lot.   I do sometimes need to encourage people to be more persistent when they’re being coached, but it pays off when you hear the results and see the difference it makes to their personal and career development.  Next year I’ll be starting giving open courses in Speak English Clearly  in February – the first evening course of 5 weeks begins on the evening of Thursday February 19th. Encouraged by Shabana Delhavi,  I’ll be contacting local schools and researching the benefits of the Speech English Clearly courses for teachers and pupils.  I’m looking forward to dialect and voice coaching work in theatre and film and continued work with interpreters.

Andrea Black
Andrea Black