Born in Istanbul in 1907, Safiye Ayla was one of the most famous classical Turkish music singers, clocking in more than 500 recordings before she passed away in 1998. Known for her range, her pronunciation (yes) and for having been influenced to some degree by western singers, she was reportedly a favorite of secularist/reformist Turkish National Movement leader and (ultimately) president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
I found this treasure at one of my favorite places in Brooklyn: Uludag Video (1922 Avenue W, near Ocean Avenue). The last time I visited, which was two-three years ago, they had decided to discontinue importing CDs, which weren't making enough money for them, to concentrate on their bread and butter: Turkish movies on DVD.
Listen to "Aşkından Sen Nasıl Bıktın"
Get the whole album in 256 glorious kbps here.