Composer, and politician (former leader of the Social Democrat Party (SDP) of North Cyprus. Born in 1951 in
Nicosia he finished his secondary education in Nicosia at the
Turk Maarif College. He held a degree in economics.
During his youth he played in Cypriot bands, and composed and arranged many
songs some of which are "Köprüden Geçemedim" and "Ayrılık".
a member of one of the earliest Turkish-Cypriot popular music bands, SILA-4,
he left many songs after his death in a car crash in 1985. His music combined
the local folk tunes with the Mediterranean melodies and and contemporarised
them to the 1970s tunes.
The music of "Ayrılık", one of his most famous pieces, is given below:
Uçan kuşun ötmez olduğu
Ay'ın güneşe vurulduğu
Ve her sabah
Seni getirseydi de
The music and lyrics of "Ayrılık", by Raif