Can Bonomo’s İzmir

CAN BONOMO IS A DYNAMIC MUSICIAN WHO IS GOING TO REPRESENT TURKEY IN THIS YEAR’S EUROVISION SONG ONTEST. WE ASKED HIM ABOUT IZMIR, WHERE HE WAS BORN AND RAISED.

Your childhood and Izmir. What was it like?
My childhood passed very quietly. I read a lot of books, made music and spent time with my close friends. I’m a person who is very attached to family. Leaving them to come to Istanbul was very difficult. Growing up in Izmir is a great feeling. If I’d grown up in Istanbul, I probably would not have become the person I am today. Growing up in a small city, in a small community, made it easier for me to perceive the role I want to play in life. But I’ve been living in Istanbul for seven years now and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

How have you been influenced by Izmir’s musicians of Levantine origin like Maria Rita, Juanito and Dario Moreno?
My mother and grandfather listened to them a lot, so I got used to hearing their music. But the musicians and movements that inspired me were different.

What in your opinion are the songs that best characterize Izmir?
‘Kalbim Ege’de kaldı’ (I Left My Heart in the Aegean) possibly. It’s one of my favorite Sezen Aksu songs. We know that you are a photography buff.

Which parts of Izmir do you like to photograph the most?
Konak, Mavişehir, Asansör and the city’s historic monuments.

Cafes line the district of Pasaport along the shore, known for its historic tower.

The Clock Tower is a symbol of Izmir.

This elegant Yalı Mosque on Konak Square was built in the Ottoman period.